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Fedorow Excited for 38th Annual Holiday Craft & Home Show

The 38th Annual Holiday Craft & Home Show is this Saturday, Nov. 18th. Crafts will be at the VFW in Monmouth, while the Home Show and Bake Sale will be housed at the Farm Bureau Building at 1000 N. Main St. Diane Fedorow with Warren County Home & Community Education talked about this wonderful event:…
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Teacher Shortage Affecting District 205

Many area schools are feeling the effects of the same problem: a teacher shortage. At Galesburg’s latest school board meeting, Superintendent John Asplund and administrators talked about possibly raising the pay rate for substitute teachers to help incentivize the job even more. “There used to be a lot of teacher applicants. There weren’t necessarily all…
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Fletcher Shares District 238's Latest

Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent Ed Fletcher shared some insight on the school’s latest board meeting. Among the topics of Tuesday night’s meeting were the city’s efforts to revitalize the downtown area using TIF (tax increment financing) district taxing. Fletcher shared why he believes it’s important for District 238 to support the city and this 12-year plan: “We…
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Stronghurst Christmas Walk Swiftly Approaching

The Annual Stronghurst Christmas Walk is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. this Friday. A full slate of family-fun activities will be on tap for those in attendance, which includes: wine tasting at Fisher’s Grocery Store, train and wagon rides, ecumenical singers, pictures with Santa, and a raffle drawing. Jim Blender with the Stronghurst Booster…
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OSF Receives Distinguished Honor

OSF Healthcare in Monmouth has been recognized by Press Ganey, a strategic business partner for healthcare providers, as one of the top hospitals for cleanliness in the nation. The facility ranked in the 99th percentile by the organization. Kelly Kendall of OSF talked about the hard work that went into receiving this ranking: “Our housekeepers…
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Life Safety Improvements on Deck for District 304

United School District 304 held a school board meeting last Thursday, Nov. 9th. Superintendent Jeff Whitsitt touched on some repairs and issues that need addressed in the coming months. “Our architect was at our meeting and presented an update to our 10-year life safety survey. We should be getting an official survey back in maybe…
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United Bracing for Winter Cancellations

As the end of 2017 approaches, so does the inclement weather of winter in western Illinois. United Superintendent Jeff Whitsitt broke down the system that he uses to get the word out on school cancellations quickly to parents and students of District 304. “My process is still pretty simple. Thankfully we have the all-call system…
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Robeson Ready for 2nd Annual Lecture

The 2nd Annual Wiswell-Robeson Lecture will be this Wednesday, Nov. 15th, at Dahl Chapel & Auditorium on the campus of Monmouth College. Jeanne Robeson, the creator of the lecture series, gave her reasoning behind starting this informative lecture opportunity: “I decided that it would be a good idea to promote agriculture at the college and…
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Springer Previews KCAP Events

The Knox County Area Partnership has a few important dates coming up. On January 30, 2018, KCAP will be holding their 2018 Annual Breakfast. The details for that event are still to be determined, but Ken Springer, President of KCAP, is excited to finally peg down a date. “This is the one big event that…
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Inness and Dechow Talk Inaugural Ceremony of Light

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. To help celebrate the lives of those who battle Alzheimer’s Disease and remember those who have passed, Galesburg Cottage Hospital will be hosting the Ceremony of Light for Alzheimer’s Disease on Wednesday, Nov. 15th. Eileen Inness, Marketing Director at Cottage Hospital, explains: “The Ceremony of Light begins at 4 o’clock…
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Local Veterans Share Military Insight for Veterans Day

Veterans Day is held every year on Nov. 11th, the anniversary of the end of World War I, to honor U.S. veterans and war victims. Five local residents in Monmouth were gracious enough to not only serve our great country, but to share some stories and insight into their time with the service. Warren County…
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Davis Previews 3rd Annual Friday Night Lights Dinner & Auction

The Area 4 District of Special Olympics Illinois has an exciting event coming up next Friday, Nov. 17th. Their 3rd Annual Friday Night Lights Dinner & Auction is back, and Area 4 Manager Jennifer Davis gave some details on what to expect at the football-themed event: “We’re going to start with the tailgating appetizers. You’re…
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