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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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Andy Huston Using 40 Different Hemp Strains in Current Trial at American Hemp Research

As CBD becomes more well-known, American Hemp Research in Roseville continues to expand their knowledge in growing and supplying. Andy Huston reports the farm has six acres of hemp planted this year and is working with three different seed breeders and the University of Illinois: “We are doing basically research field trials. In our plot,…
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SONIC Drive-In Thanks United West Elementary Teacher Emily Higbee With $111 Donation to Aid Distance Learning

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month, SONIC is providing teachers with necessary supplies for students to continue learning at home To recognize the entrepreneurial spirit driving teachers to meet their students’ distance learning needs during this difficult time, SONIC® Drive-In matched all donations to DonorsChoose on Teacher Appreciation Day, giving Mrs. Emily Higbee in Monmouth, Illinois $111.…
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Jesse White Announces Expired Driver’s Licenses, ID Cards and License Plate Stickers Extended

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that expiration dates for driver’s licenses/ID cards and license plate stickers have been extended an additional month – from Oct. 1, 2020, to Nov. 1, 2020. This new Nov. 1 extension also includes those who have July, August and September expiration dates. As a result, expired documents will…
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Smithfield Foods Continue to Implement Precautions to Ensure Safety of all Employees Throughout Pandemic

Smithfield continues to take action steps to ensure the safety of their employees through the COVID-19 pandemic according to the City of Monmouth’s Communication Director, Ken Helms. “Smithfield Foods have been doing a number of different improvements to really prioritize their workers’ safety during the COVID-19 that is going around. One of the things they…
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Beardstown Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography and Sexual Offence

Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officials announce the arrest of Dalton M. Gallaher, a 22 year-old-male of Beardstown, IL, for Possession of Child Pornography, and Sexual Contact with an Animal.    On March 5, 2020, ISP DCI Zone 4 Investigators initiated an investigation after learning Gallaher was distributing child pornography through the…
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City of Monmouth Will Extend Outdoor Seating to October 31st

When Governor Pritzker declared Phase 3, The City implemented a no-cost outdoor seating permit that allowed businesses who did not previously have outdoor seating to implement seasonal seating quickly. Monmouth’s previous outdoor seating programs required an extended approval process and had restrictions that were not conducive to speedy implementation. Several businesses have opted to take…
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The Woodshed Receives Façade Grant from the City of Monmouth TIF Funds

This project involves Monmouth’s façade program. The program is funded through the use of restricted TIF funds that may not be used for expenses that are not directly related to economic development. No general fund revenues are used to fund this program. The owner of the Woodshed has applied for a Façade Improvement Grant to…
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New Bakery Owner Allison Padgett Excited to Create Sweet Treats Once Again

The Flourpot Bakery, located at 61 Public Square in downtown Monmouth, has reopened for business after temporarily closing due to the pandemic. Owner Allison Padgett is excited to bring her customers cakes, cupcakes, and cookies once again: “When we decided to close up, I took the opportunity to redo a lot of things in the…
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WIU to Resume In-Person Classes, Activities Aug. 24

Western Illinois University will resume on-campus activities and face-to-face classes Monday, Aug. 24 at its Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. “We are engaging with faculty and staff to address final elements of our health and safety protocols that will ensure that we will be able to provide the best quality educational experience to all students…
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