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Bridgeway Candlelight Vigil for Overdose Awareness Day Scheduled for Later This Month

In response to an upcoming national awareness day, Bridgeway will be hosting a free event on the 31st of August. Vice President Stacy Brown from their Behavioral Health Services reports: “On August 31st, in the evening, we’re doing a candlelight vigil on the square in Galesburg because it’s National Overdose Awareness Day. I think we’re…
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Village of Alexis Currently Under Boil Order

The water main break in the Village of Alexis has been restored. Water is currently being restored. Full pressure may not be experienced right away. A boil order is in effect until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and your patience. ***Report Courtesy of the Village of Alexis***
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Nearly 650 COVID-19 Vaccinated Individuals Hospitalized In Illinois

Nearly 650 vaccinated individuals are hospitalized for COVID-19.  Health officials say almost 170 people have died from the virus as of Friday that had already been vaccinated.  Experts say the breakthrough cases have happened in individuals who have received each of the vaccines, including Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson.  Health officials say they still…
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Gov. Pritzker Says Mitigations Could Change

COVID cases are on in the rise in Illinois and the Governor has established a new mitigation. All state employees and visitors to state buildings will have to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. The step comes as cases reach highs not seen since this past Spring. Pritzker said earlier this week that new…
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McDonough County Issues Mask Recommendations for the Community as Delta Variant Cases Rise

McDonough County’s COVID-19 community transmission is now at Substantial level per Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The recent rise in cases is likely attributed to the more contagious Delta variant which has now become the more predominant variant across the country. Still, vaccines continue to be the best form of protection against COVID-19,…
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Do You Qualify for Reduced License Plate Fees?

Through the Benefit Access Program, seniors and persons with disabilities could qualify for discount fees on license plates and free rides on fixed-route transits. Strom Center Executive Director Carol McCrery explains: “If you qualify for this program, you get your license plate fee at a reduced discount. The other one is you get free rides…
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“A Christmas Carol” is Coming to Monmouth This Winter

Kristyne Gilbert, the executive director for the Buchanan Center of the Arts, announces audition details for this winter’s BCA project: “We have “A Christmas Carol” that we are partnering with Monmouth College. Auditions for that will take place September 8th, 9th, and 12th in Wells Theatre. If there are callbacks, they’ll occur at 3:00 p.m.,…
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Farm Bureau Seeks Input on Water Quality Strategy at Aug. 10 meeting

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy guides state efforts to improve water quality at home and downstream by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels in our lakes, streams, and rivers. On Tuesday, August 10, the Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau will host a meeting at its Monmouth office to gather feedback from area farmers and stakeholders on the…
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Galesburg Police Department Holding National Night Out

National Night Out Event ScheduledLocal Contact: Chief Idle, Galesburg Police DepartmentPhone: 309-343-9151 Galesburg, IL (July 21, 2021) The Galesburg Police Department, in cooperation with numerous civic and public service organizations, is proud to announce the 2021 “National Night Out” event at Standish Park on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. National…
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Bank of Stronghurst President/CEO Stacy Newberry on the Farmer’s Breakfast

The Bank of Stronghurst celebrated their 75th year by holding their annual Farmers’ Breakfast during the Henderson County Fair on Wednesday, July 28, after being unable to last year due to the pandemic. President and CEO Stacy Newberry is very happy with how the event turned out this year: “It’s been a great day; we…
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Become a Master Gardener and Naturalist with the University of Illinois Extension

The University of Illinois Extension will be hosting Master Gardener and Naturalist training sessions this fall. Horticulture Educator Chris Enroth says the Master Gardener training is to educate any volunteer on extending the knowledge of gardening: “Our Master Gardeners, they are volunteers in the local community that help to extend the knowledge of gardening to…
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MFD Capt. Craig Cozadd: Procedures Regarding Diabetic Patients and the Fire Department

Monmouth Fire Department Captain Craig Cozadd explains how they distinguish and handle diabetic patients from others: “When they’re diabetic, you don’t really know that they are. Signs and symptoms of a diabetic can be similar to being under the influence of alcohol, stroke situations—they all kind of mimic each other. So, the protocol we use…
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