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Nicola Magic Festival Quickly Approaching

William Mozart Nicol, better known as The Great Nicola, was born in Burlington, but spent most of his life in Monmouth. The internationally renowned illusionist will be honored this Saturday at the Warren County History Museum with his own eponymous festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Danielle Morrison describes Nicola’s path to stardom: “Their…
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Citizen of the Year: Carol McCrery

The Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce held their 99th Annual Chamber Dinner last night. Each year, the organization hands out three awards: Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Citizen of the Year. This year’s winners were the Warren County YMCA for Large Business of the Year; Robbins Resource Management for…
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Achiever of the Month: March

Halsey is a popular electropop singer. “Bad at Love”, “Now or Never”, “Him & I,” and her feature on Chainsmoker’s “Closer” are considered her most noteworthy songs. Her drummer, Nate Lotz, is now the first out-of-county recipient of Warren Achievement Center’s “Achiever of the Month” award. Sean Cavanaugh with the WAC explains: “He donated drums…
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Fletcher Talks Funding & Student Safety at M-R

The Monmouth-Roseville School Board met once again on Tuesday night. Superintendent Ed Fletcher went into detail about one topic in particular – evidence-based funding. Illinois’s evidence-based funding model relies on specific tiers to decide how money should be allocated to school districts throughout the state. Fletcher shared just how this formula works and what it…
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Plummer Analyzes Technology's Affect on Agriculture in Memorial Lecture

Monmouth College’s annual Wendell Whiteman Memorial Lecture was held yesterday morning at Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. Dennis Plummer, a 1972 graduate from Monmouth, was the featured speaker, delivering a speech centered around technology’s impact on food and agriculture. He shared some changes he thinks will come to fruition in the coming years in agriculture. “In…
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Kids Need Heroes Campaign Gives Children Opportunities

The Kids Need Heroes campaign at the Warren County YMCA is designed to assist kids in paying for program scholarships. Candy Conard with the organization explains how those costs are covered: “It’s made up of a letter campaign that goes out to a lot of different businesses and also goes out to people that do…
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CSC's Upward Bound Looks to Assist Aspiring College Students

Upward Bound Math-Science with Carl Sandburg College is a federally funded TRIO grant that helps high school students to excel in secondary and post-secondary education. The program serves Abingdon-Avon, Galesburg, Knoxville, Monmouth-Roseville, and ROWVA school districts. Stephanie Woodard, Director for the program, explains the benefits: “We are a college readiness program. We want to work…
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WIRC-CAA & Local Colleges Join Forces Against Sexual Violence

The Western Illinois Regional Council and Community Action Agency has a series of events coming up that coincide with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Carl Sandburg College, Knox College, and Monmouth College will partner with the organization for the Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night events from Apr. 16-18. Diane Mayfield with WIRC explains the…
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Budget Deficit Forces Monmouth to Use Emergency Funds

A budget deficit for the fiscal year of 2017-2018 has forced the City of Monmouth to reach into general funds to help close the gap. The State has continued to hold increasingly more of the shared municipal revenues which have created a shortfall. Mayor Rod Davies is frustrated with the way things have been handled…
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WIRC-CAA Highlights Warning Signs for Sexual Assault

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The Western Illinois Regional Council and Community Action Agency serves six local counties. According to Victims Services Director Diane Mayfield, 62 percent of the reported sexual assault cases that were reported in their district during this past fiscal year were clients ages 17 or younger. Mayfield breaks…
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Arrest Warrant Issued in Galesburg Shooting

 On Tuesday 04/03/2018 Galesburg Police obtained an arrest warrant for the person of Jonathan I. Kelly D.O.B. 12/01/1989 for three (3) counts of Murder in relation to the incident that occurred on 4/1/2018 involving the shooting death of Jenni M. McGruder. The warrant issued is a nationwide warrant with a bond amount of $1,000,000.00. Any…
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Tanney Looks to Raise Awareness with MS Fundraiser

Tennessee Titans quarterback and former Monmouth College standout Alex Tanney has been on the receiving end of plenty of form tackles. Now, Tanney hopes to deliver a tackle of his own to the disease known as multiple sclerosis. Tanney’s sister-in-law, Julia, was diagnosed with the potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord just…
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