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CNB President Alex Hardin – ” Low Interest Rates a Great Environment for Borrowers”

During this unprecedented year, the government has lowered interest rates to boost the economy. Community National Bank President Alex Hardin anticipates the low interest rates to remain in 2021 and these rates are great incentives for borrowers: “The interest rate environment is the lowest we have seen in quite some time. It’s a great environment…
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Knox County Reports 297 Cases Over the Weekend

The Knox County Unified Command is announcing 297 new cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), between Friday, November 20, 2020 through Monday, November 23, 2020, bringing the total positive cases to 2,677. Due to federal privacy restriction, release of any additional information is prohibited. In every effort to reduce the risk of additional transmission, local public health officials are working to identify and…
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Last Task for the Garden: Winterize your Outdoor Plumbing

Leftovers. Is this why we only eat turkey once a year? Because after all the leftovers we are sick of giant poultry? Nah! I think turkey is simply more of a seasonal thing. We grow up seeing a turkey as the Thanksgiving centerpiece. To eat a whole turkey any other time just feels wrong. It’s…
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Monmouth Chamber Seeking Nominations for Citizen of the Year

Each year, the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes an individual for their outstanding leadership in improving the quality of life in the Monmouth area community. The nominee does not need to be a Chamber member; consideration will be given based on the nominee’s contributions to his or her business profession and the Monmouth Community. If you…
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OSF HealthCare Psychiatrist Dr. Sears – Importance of Social Interaction for One’s Wellbeing

By nature, humans are social creatures and do not do well in isolation, which has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, taking a toll on the mental health and wellness of several individuals. OSF HealthCare Psychiatrist Dr. Samuel Sears explains having social connections each day is very important: “When you look at studies that are done…
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IDPH Expects 400,000 COVID Vaccines in First Round Released

Illinois’ first round of coronavirus vaccines are expected to go quickly. The Illinois Department of Public Health says it expects 400-thousand doses when the vaccine becomes available. IDPH says they are working-out the specifics on how to store the vaccine and who will get the first round of shots. The expectation is that the vaccine…
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Learning From Home Made Easier with new Webpage

University of Illinois Extension in Henderson, Knox, McDonough and Warren counties has launched a new webpage to assist in learning from home. The resource webpage was developed to provide teachers, parents, and caregivers an easy way to find online materials that can help engage their children in a variety of learning experiences. Shelby Carlson, 4-H…
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Structure Fire at N. Cherry St. and E. Water St. in Galesburg

The Galesburg Fire Department responded to a structure fire overnight. A fire was reported at 10:00 pm on November 22, 2020, at a building located on the corner of N. Cherry St. and E. Water St. The response included all three stations and the 12 personnel on duty. Upon arrival, flames were showing through the roof of a vacant…
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Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Dir. David Wise Encouraging Monmouth Residents to Support Local Businesses with Holiday BINGO Game

Throughout the month of December, the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging the community to support local businesses and restaurants by utilizing a Holiday BINGO game, which begins Monday, November 30th and will run four weeks. Executive Director David Wise explains how gameplay will be done: “Each week we will have a new BINGO…
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OSF HealthCare Announces New Chief Medical Officer for Western Region

OSF HealthCare has named Harley Brooks, MD, chief medical officer and regional medical director of Specialty Services in Galesburg, Monmouth and Kewanee. This includes leading medical affairs for OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center, OSF HealthCare Holy Family Medical Center and OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center, beginning December 14. Dr. Brooks will oversee clinical…
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Cook Your Turkey Safely for the Holidays

The main centerpiece of a traditional Thanksgiving celebration may well be the turkey. The honor of carving is often reserved for a special family member. But before carving, the turkey must be cooked, and cooked safely. Most stores sell turkeys frozen, leaving the task of thawing up to the customer. At Let’s Talk Turkey—A Consumer Guide…
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Past WHFB President Jared Kunkle Reports Harvest Weather this Fall has been Great

Despite 2020 being anything but normal, former Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau President Jared Kunkle said overall it has been a great fall and the moisture in the forecast is needed while finishing up field work: “I’m all for the moisture. Things are going well, but we definitely need more moisture I would say to go into…
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