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McLean is Setting for Horror Novel
Top Story  |  January 23, 2022

McLean is Setting for Horror Novel

The Covid-19 lockdown in 2020 brought forth a lot of things, including the inspiration for Trevin Nichols’ My Tiny Town Just Got Put on Lockdown. Trevin Nichols grew up in Iowa but moved to Leroy, Illinois as a kid where he graduated from high school. Now he works building maintenance at Country Financial and has a wife, three kids, and two pets.   READ MORE...

Community Spotlight  |  January 23, 2022
Gilmore Joins the Mackinaw Police

Gilmore Joins the Mackinaw Police

Nicholas Gilmore was sworn in as a full-time Mackinaw Police Officer at the January 10 meeting of the Village Board of Trustees.  Gilmore officially started his duties on Monday, January 17.

Community Spotlight  |  January 23, 2022
Lawyers Clash Over DNA in Bolin Case

Lawyers Clash Over DNA in Bolin Case

Update to the Bolin double shooting case: A dispute over DNA evidence is the latest disagreement between prosecutors and attorneys for the accused. The Illinois State Police crime lab is processing DNA evidence, which will likely use up all sample evidence, while defense attorneys have petitioned the court to allow their own expert to oversee the process to make sure it is done correctly. The Illinois State Police have argued against this, noting the risk of contamination of the sterile environment inside their lab.

Community Spotlight  |  January 23, 2022
OMS To Perform “Robin Hood”

OMS To Perform “Robin Hood”

Olympia Middle School will present the play Robin Hood on Saturday, January 29, at 7:00 P.M.; and Sunday, January 30, at 2:00 P.M..  Tickets can be reserved by calling Wendy Wade  at (309) 379-5941, ext. 8330. 

Local News – Waynesville  |  January 23, 2022
The Chosen Series

The Chosen Series

Every Friday night at 7 pm, the Waynesville United Methodist Church will be showing “The Chosen” series. Two episodes will be played each night, up until March 4th. That will conclude with watching seasons one and two. Everyone is welcome to come even if you missed the previous episodes!

For the Record  |  January 23, 2022
Mackinaw Village Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

Mackinaw Village Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

VILLAGE OF MACKINAW BOARD OF TRUSTEES REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING MINUTES  Monday, December 13, 2021

For the Record  |  January 23, 2022
School Board Meeting Minutes - Olympia CUSD #16

School Board Meeting Minutes - Olympia CUSD #16

Board of Education of the Olympia CUSD #16  Monday, December 6, 2021

Local News – Armington  |  January 23, 2022
Village Board Meeting

Village Board Meeting

The monthly board meeting for the Village of Armington will be held on February 2. These are at 6:30 pm at 103 N. Main Street. For questions contact Catherine Ingram, the Armington Village Clerk. 

Local News – Atlanta  |  January 23, 2022
Pre-School Screenings

Pre-School Screenings

The Olympia District will have preschool screenings on Wednesday, January 26. These are available for children ages 3-5 to participate in the Pre-K program. The screenings will take place at the Atlanta Christian Church, 300 NE 3rd Street. The sign-up form can be found on the Olympia website with questions directed to Ami Lawson at the District Office. 

Local News – Atlanta  |  January 23, 2022
Vaccination Clinic

Vaccination Clinic

Local News – Danvers  |  January 23, 2022
Popcorn and a Movie

Popcorn and a Movie

If you check out a movie at the Danvers Township Library on a Friday in January you will receive a free bag of microwave popcorn to go with the movie. This is happening only throughout January so make sure to stop by the library on a Friday this month to receive the gift.

Local News – Hopedale  |  January 23, 2022
Winter Field Day

Winter Field Day

The Hopedale Community Center is hosting a Winter Field Day on January 29th-30th. Here attendees will be able to enjoy fun and food with the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club. If you would like more information you can contact Justin Flick, N9WX.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  January 23, 2022
Basketball Games

Basketball Games

Friday, January 28th, High School boys Sophomore and Varsity basketball teams will play GCMS High in the Deer Creek Mackinaw main gym. Games start at 5:30 P.M.  

Local News – Mackinaw  |  January 23, 2022
Early Dismisal

Early Dismisal

Wednesday, January 26th is a 1:30 P.M. dismissal day for all Deer-Creek Mackinaw schools.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  January 23, 2022
Trivia Night at the Winery

Trivia Night at the Winery

On Saturday, February 5th, The Mackinaw Valley Winery is hosting a Trivia Game Night. Check in and wine tasting starts at 6:00 P.M. and the game starts at 7:00 P.M. Teams can be a maximum of 4 players.

Local News – McLean  |  January 23, 2022
Blood Drive

Blood Drive

On Monday, January 24, the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove FPD will be hosting a blood drive from 1-6 pm. To sign up to donate blood call, Brenda McCallister, at 309-874-2532 or visit the ImpactLife Blood Center website. Please consider donating to help out in this time of a critical blood shortage!

Local News – Minier  |  January 23, 2022
In-Person Pre-K Story Hour

In-Person Pre-K Story Hour

The H.A. Peine District Library is hosting an in-person Pre-K Story Hour. If you would like to sign your pre-schooler up you can call 309-392-3220 to register for a spot. The Story Hour is on Tuesday, January, 25th at 11 am and has limited spots available, so make sure to register soon to secure a spot.

Local News – Morton  |  January 23, 2022
Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction

Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction

Scouts BSA Troops 178 and 1178 are holding their annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction fundraiser on January 29, 2022, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Morton United Methodist Church, 420 N. Tennessee Ave., Morton. Advance tickets are available for $7 per person for adults, $5 for seniors (60+) and children, or $25 for a family of up to five. Cost at the door is $8 per person for adults, $6 for seniors (60+) and children, or $25 for a family of up to five.

Local News – Stanford  |  January 23, 2022
Speech Team Competes

Speech Team Competes

The Olympia High School speech team competed at Glenwood High School this past weekend. Here the team placed 4th in the team sweepstakes. Three JV members and 11 Varsity members were finalists in this tournament. The team has one more regular-season tournament left before the IHSA Series begins in February

Obituaries  |  January 23, 2022
Gideon Patrick Bell

Gideon Patrick Bell

Gideon Patrick Bell, 68, of Atlanta, passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at his home.

Obituaries  |  January 23, 2022
Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison

Michael (Mike) Eugene Morrison, 75, of Mackinaw, IL flew away to his eternal home with his Lord and Savior, January 13, 2022, at OSF Hospital in Peoria, IL. 

Obituaries  |  January 23, 2022
Robert F. Fritch

Robert F. Fritch

Robert F. “Bob” Fritch, 88, of Mackinaw, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at his home. 

Obituaries  |  January 23, 2022
Steven James Wiegand

Steven James Wiegand

Steven James Wiegand, 79, of Mackinaw, died Sunday, January 16, 2022 at his home.

Obituaries  |  January 23, 2022
David Snider

David Snider

David Snider, 82,  of Minier IL. passed away peacefully at Methodist hospital in Peoria, IL on January 16th, 2022.  

Obituaries  |  January 23, 2022
Marion Miller

Marion Miller

State News  |  January 23, 2022
Police Chiefs, Sheriffs Warn Lawmakers

Police Chiefs, Sheriffs Warn Lawmakers

SPRINGFIELD – Police chiefs and sheriffs told a panel of state lawmakers Friday that they need more resources and support from the public and the General Assembly to combat a rising rate of violent crime in Illinois. Some said they don’t feel they are getting that now, especially in light of recently-enacted criminal justice reforms.

Top Story  |  January 16, 2022
Rivian: Growing Pains or Future Problems?

Rivian: Growing Pains or Future Problems?

It is no secret that Rivian, the electric vehicle company in Normal, has had a bit of a tough time the last few months. Last week, their COO stepped down not long after the company announced that they were going to be 200 units short of their 1,200-unit goal, set by the end of 2021. Rivian stocks went public on November 10, 2021, at a price of $106.75 and have fallen to $79.95 at the time of this writing. Living in the area, I’ve heard plenty of rumors about what is happening on the Rivian production floor. Honestly, I’d be shocked if our average reader hasn’t heard some of the same rumors. This week, I was given the go-ahead to search out current and former employees of Rivian and compare their experiences.

Local News – Waynesville  |  January 16, 2022
Gilbert E. “Gib” Birk

Gilbert E. “Gib” Birk

Gilbert E. “Gib” Birk, 83, of Lincoln passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022, at Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, IL. Gib was born on August 20, 1938, in Jasper County, IL. The son of George and Nellie (Stanley) Birk. He married Sandra “Sandy” Thomas on October 18, 1963.

Local News – Waynesville  |  January 16, 2022
Movie Night

Movie Night

At least once a month, the Waynesville Christian Church hosts an event for junior and high school students. This Sunday, January 16th, they will hold a movie night at 6pm. The movie shown will be Woodlawn. There will also be discussion time following the movie. 

Local News – Atlanta  |  January 16, 2022
MLK Day

MLK Day

The Atlanta Library, along with many other businesses, will be closed Monday, January 17th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day. City, county, state, and federal offices are also closed for the national holiday. 

Local News – Danvers  |  January 16, 2022
Danvers Library Board of Trustees Opening

Danvers Library Board of Trustees Opening

The Danvers Township Library has an open spot on their Board of Trustees and is looking for someone to fill it. If you are interested in the position or would like to know more you can either contact the library or their Board President, Cliff Magee, at 309-963-4269.

Local News – Danvers  |  January 16, 2022
Winter Reading Program

Winter Reading Program

Beginning on January 31st through March 5th the Danvers Township Library will be hosting their Winter Reading Program for Adults. Throughout these five weeks, anybody who participates will have their name put into a raffle where they can win prizes such as Starbucks and Amazon gift cards, tote bags, and/or a travel mug. If you would like to register for the program you can do so through a link on the Danvers Township Library’s Facebook page or through their website at danverstownshiplibrary.com.

Local News – Hopedale  |  January 16, 2022
LaHood Visits Hopedale to Address Healthcare Issues

LaHood Visits Hopedale to Address Healthcare Issues

Darrin LaHood, the Republican Congressman representing Illinois’s 18th District, visited the Hopedale Medical Center on Friday, January 14 to discuss the challenges facing rural healthcare facilities.

Local News – Hopedale  |  January 16, 2022
Updated Kidz Club Hours

Updated Kidz Club Hours

The Hopedale Wellness Center has updated its Kidz Club hours. Now on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 am to 11:00 am the Kidz Club is open. If you would like to sign your kids up for this you can do so on their SignUpGenius which can be found on the Hopedale Wellness Center Facebook page.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  January 16, 2022
Booster Club Meeting Moved

Booster Club Meeting Moved

The regular meeting of the Dee-Mack Booster Club that was scheduled for January 10th, has been moved to Monday, January 17th at 6:00 pm in the high school library.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  January 16, 2022
Post Office Burglary

Post Office Burglary

The Mackinaw Police Department was made aware of a burglary that occurred at the Post Office on 1/9/22. An investigation into the incident has resulted in two juveniles being taken into custody.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  January 16, 2022
Trivia Night at the Winery

Trivia Night at the Winery

Put on your THINKING CAP for fun and prizes! Players match their wits in a strictly for fun game of trivia. It is $5 per person to play and the winning team players get weekly prizes. Teams can be a maximum of four players (less if you’re REALLY, REALLY SMART).

Local News – McLean  |  January 16, 2022
Blood Drive

Blood Drive

On Monday, January 24th, the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove FPD will be hosting a blood drive from 1-6pm. To sign up to donate blood call Brenda McCallister at 309-874-2532 or visit the ImpactLife Blood Center website. 

Local News – McLean  |  January 16, 2022
Fitness Class Time Change

Fitness Class Time Change

Times for the fitness classes have changed! These classes are held at the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District. Cecile Mercer leads a variety of classes for just $5 each. Make sure to bring your own yoga mat or cushion. Forever Fit is a cardio, strength training, and stretch class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-8:50am. Yoga classes are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9-10am. Yoga focuses on improving flexibility and concentration while reducing stress. Yin Yoga occurs on Fridays from 8:30-9:30am. Yin Yoga is a slower form of yoga adding in meditation and mindfulness. 

Local News – McLean  |  January 16, 2022
Story Time at the Library

Story Time at the Library

Storytime at the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Library occurs on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Bring your kids out on January 22nd at 10am for a wonderful story. A take-home craft will also be offered. This is also a great time to enjoy the library and pick out some books for your family. Don’t forget that face masks are required. 

Local News – Stanford  |  January 16, 2022
Grilled Pork Chop Sandwiches

Grilled Pork Chop Sandwiches

On Tuesday, January 18th at the boys’ basketball game against Monticello the Olympia FFA chapter will be selling their pork chop sandwiches. They will begin selling at the start of the JV game at 5:30 pm and will continue on throughout the Varsity game that follows. FFA will also be selling their sandwiches on Monday, January 24th at the girls’ basketball game against St. Joseph-Ogden.

Local News – Stanford  |  January 16, 2022
Vaccine Clinics

Vaccine Clinics

Olympia North, Olympia West, and Olympia South will all be hosting COVID 19 vaccine clinics from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, January 26th, and Wednesday, February 16th. The clinics at each school are open to the public and will have Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines available. If you would like to register for the clinics you can visit the Olympia website and find the links for each school and date available. 

Obituaries  |  January 16, 2022
Charlotte A. Ijams

Charlotte A. Ijams

Charlotte A. Ijams, 88, of Atlanta, passed away peacefully with her loved ones by her side, on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Obituaries  |  January 16, 2022
Beverly A. Dailey

Beverly A. Dailey

Beverly A. Dailey, 77, of Mackinaw, passed away Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Aperion Care Morton Villa in Morton. 

Obituaries  |  January 16, 2022
R. Dale Faughn

R. Dale Faughn

R. Dale Faughn, age 63 yrs., passed away on January 10, 2022 at OSF, Peoria. He was born on March 14, 1958 in Bloomington, IL to Eugene and Imogene (Polly) Faughn. 

State News  |  January 16, 2022
IDOC Pauses County Intakes

IDOC Pauses County Intakes

The Illinois Department of Corrections announced Tuesday that it would pause intake of inmates from county jails amid the COVID-19 surge.

Top Story  |  January 9, 2022
Village Issues Water Warning

Village Issues Water Warning

The Village of Danvers has been under a “Do Not Drink” order for infants following the discovery of high levels of manganese in the local water supply. Residents have been notified that the water in their taps is unsafe for infants, as manganese is known to cause damage to the nervous system, especially if exposure is prolonged. According to the notice released by The Village of Danvers, “infants under 6 months old should not consume formula or food prepared with tap water. Use bottled water or alternative sources of water for infants.” The notice goes on to tell residents that they cannot boil their water, as manganese does not dissipate with boiling. In fact, boiling water can cause the concentration of manganese to increase.Village officials expect the issue to be corrected within 60 days, per the notice. A Board of Trustees meeting was set for Wednesday, January 6 to address the issue, however, it was canceled due to illness. According to the EPA Violation Detail, officials from the Village of Danvers were notified on November 24, 2021, yet the public was not notified until December 22, 2021. The Mail has attempted to contact Village Officials regarding this matter, however, at the time of writing there has been no response.

Local News – Waynesville  |  January 9, 2022
The Chosen Series Rescheduled

The Chosen Series Rescheduled

“The Chosen” series at the Waynesville United Methodist Church has been rescheduled to now start on Friday, January 14th. This will take place on Friday night from 7-8:30pm. 

Community Spotlight  |  January 9, 2022
Waynesville Mayor Paul Wiggins

Waynesville Mayor Paul Wiggins

Early in his term as Mayor, Paul Wiggins the Mayor of Waynesville, Illinois is excited to help and grow his community. Paul grew up in Oakley, IL and lived there until he graduated from High School & went to college. In 2002 Paul moved to Waynesville where he has lived ever since. Before taking over the position as Mayor, Paul served as the Village Trustee for several years. 

Local News – Atlanta  |  January 9, 2022
Paint & Sip Event

Paint & Sip Event

The next Paint & Sip by the Atlanta Public Library and Museum is on January 22nd. This event is held at the Union Hall at 2pm. The cost is $30 to participate and covers the cost of supplies. Registration and payment needs to take place at the Union Hall with the deadline of January 12th. Sign up soon!

Local News – Atlanta  |  January 9, 2022
Painting Party at Red Wing Bowl

Painting Party at Red Wing Bowl

Saturday, January 15, there will be a Painting Party at Red Wing Bowl. This event will occur from 3-5:30pm. Betty Wheeler Renfrow is the coordinator, sponsored by Canvas-Connections. The painting that will be taught is a billiards painting on a 16 X 20” canvas. Artists are encouraged to add their own ideas and special touch to their piece! Cost is $30 per person, and all ages are welcome. Registration can occur at the alley prior to the event or online at canvas-connections.com. Red Wing Bowl will also have food and beverages available for purchase at this time. 

Local News – Danvers  |  January 9, 2022
An Evening with Silvia Moreno-Garcia

An Evening with Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Danvers Township Library is hosting an online zoom event on Wednesday, January 26th at 7 pm where fans can meet Silvia Moreno-Garcia and listen as she discusses her most recent book Velvet Was the Night. Silvia is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Certain Dark Things, Gods of Jade and Shadow, and Mexican Gothic. At this event there will also be a conversation with Gus Moreno, the author of This Thing Between Us. You can find the link to this event on the Danvers Township Library’s Facebook page.

Local News – Danvers  |  January 9, 2022
Sausage and Pancake Breakfast

Sausage and Pancake Breakfast

On Sunday, January 9th the Danvers’ Fire Department is hosting their 22nd annual All You Can Eat Sausage and Pancake Breakfast from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. The meal is being served at the Danvers Township Building at 989 N West St. To pay for this meal all you need to do is to donate to the Fire Department. 

Local News – Hopedale  |  January 9, 2022
Hopedale Betterment Association Seeking Scholarship Applications

Hopedale Betterment Association Seeking Scholarship Applications

Hopedale Betterment Association is again accepting applications from high school seniors residing in Hopedale or Boynton Townships and within the Olympia School District for its $1,000 spring 2022 Scholarship Award. All public High School, Private and Home-Schooled Seniors whose permanent residence has been within Hopedale or Boynton Townships and within the Olympia School District for a minimum of one year prior to application are eligible. 

Local News – Mackinaw  |  January 9, 2022
Board of Trustees Meeting

Board of Trustees Meeting

On Monday, January 10th, the Mackinaw Board of Trustees will be held at 7:00 P.M. at the Village Hall and will adjourn when the board motions for adjournment.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  January 9, 2022
Mackinaw Fest Meeting

Mackinaw Fest Meeting

Thursday, January 13th, a meeting will be held regarding the upcoming Mackinaw Festival at the Mackinaw Community Center at 6:00 P.M. Anyone wanting to volunteer their time or services for the festival is encouraged to attend. 

Local News – Mackinaw  |  January 9, 2022
Zoning Board Meeting

Zoning Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 12th, the Zoning Board of Appeals will be held at the Village Hall at 7:00 P.M.

Local News – McLean  |  January 9, 2022
Blood Drive

Blood Drive

On Monday, January 24, the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove FPD will be hosting a blood drive from 1-6pm. To sign up to donate blood call Brenda McCallister at 309-874-2532 or visit the ImpactLife Blood Center website. 

Local News – McLean  |  January 9, 2022
Fitness Classes Offered

Fitness Classes Offered

Fitness classes for the year of 2022 have begun. These classes are led by Cecile Mercer at the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District. Forever Fit is a cardio, strength training, and stretch class on Tuesdays from 8-8:50am. Yoga classes are on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9-10am. Yoga focuses on improving flexibility and concentration while reducing stress. Yin Yoga occurs on Fridays from 8:30-9:30am. Yin Yoga is a slower form of yoga adding in meditation and mindfulness. 

Local News – McLean  |  January 9, 2022
Horse Day Camp

Horse Day Camp

Breezy Bluff Riding Academy will run a horse day camp on MLK Day from 2-4:30pm. The cost is $80 per person. Riders just need to be at least 4 years of age and less than 285 pounds. Everyone is welcome to spend the day off with horse riding, learning, and fun! Email BettyB@breezybluffridingacademy.com for an enrollment form and waiver. Camps are filling up fast so act quick!

Local News – Minier  |  January 9, 2022
Kid's Craft Day

Kid's Craft Day

The H.A. Peine District Library in Minier is hosting another Kids’ Craft Day where kids can learn their names in Morse Code on Tuesday, January 11 from 2:30-4:00 pm. Kids will have the opportunity to make a bracelet with a hidden code and explore communicating in morse code. There will also be coloring pages and activity sheets at the event and the kids will be given a snack to take home. The library is located at 202 N. Main, Minier and if you want to know more about the event you can call 309-391-3220.

Local News – Minier  |  January 9, 2022
Minier Tap Trivia Night

Minier Tap Trivia Night

On Wednesday, January 26th Minier Tap is hosting a Trivia Night. The event starts at 7:00 am and ends at 9:00 pm. The game features seven rounds of trivia designed to challenge participants. The Minier Tap is located at 121 S Main Ave, Minier, IL. 

Local News – Stanford  |  January 9, 2022
Meal Train for Michelle Mollet

Meal Train for Michelle Mollet

Michelle Mollet from Stanford, Illinois recently came home from a long hospital stay. People in the Stanford community wanted to help out Michelle and her husband by providing meals for them during this tough time. There is a SignUpGenius where people who would like to contribute a meal can sign up for a date and time and also see the meal preferences of the two. You can find this link in the Stanford, IL Community Group on Facebook if you are interested in helping out.

Obituaries  |  January 9, 2022
Brett R. Wickman

Brett R. Wickman

Brett R. Wickman, 50, died peacefully at home on January 1, 2022, after an illness.

Obituaries  |  January 9, 2022
Curtis W. Young

Curtis W. Young

Curtis W. Young, 65, of Atlanta, passed away on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at his home.

Obituaries  |  January 9, 2022
Kenneth D. Franz

Kenneth D. Franz

Kenneth D. Franz, 83, of Danvers, passed from this life on December 31, 2021. He was a resident at Copper Creek Memory Care facility in Lincoln, where family members encircled him during his final hours here on earth. There will be a small, family graveside service Friday, January 7. A memorial service is planned for March 25, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church of Danvers, where all who knew him are welcome to attend. Ken was born March 25,1938, in Ft. Wayne, IN, son of F.K. and Nell Franz. He married Ada Jean Diel on December 31,1960, in Staunton, IL; she survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Amy Millett, and her husband, Mike, Carlock; four granddaughters: Mikelle Johnson (Kyle Burgus) Bloomington; Keirstyn (Logan) Dietrich, Goodfield; Alexanna Millett (Mason Maier) Tempe, AZ; and Ashlyn (Kyle) Alliss, Congerville. Ken is also survived by three great-granddaughters: Brenley, Kimber, and Mykah Dietrich, Goodfield; brother, Dave (Kay) Franz, Bloomington; brother, Rick Franz, Santa Fe, NM; and sister, Susan Franz (Judith Markowitz) Chicago. His parents and his son, Brad Franz, preceded him in death. Ken had a heart for service. He graduated from Normal Community High School in 1956 and joined the US Navy that fall. As part of his four-year Naval career, Ken proudly served as a medical corpsman on the USS Yellowstone. After an honorable discharge, he returned home and worked for Retail Credit Company (Equifax). While living in Macomb, he served as an officer with the Jaycees, earning the Spark Plug Award for outstanding service and commitment. Shortly after moving to Danvers, Ken joined the Danvers Lions Club, where he held various offices and was elected by his peers to serve as District 1-K Governor for the 1979-1980 term. He loved Lions, lived by the motto: "Service in the Spirit," traveled to and supported numerous clubs throughout the state, and sponsored more than 50 new members in joining the Danvers Lions Club. He wanted others to experience the gift in serving others. In fulfilling his lifelong service commitment, Ken served as an elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Danvers, where he was a member and also taught Sunday school, delivered sermons, and officiated funerals. A Danvers resident for over 50 years, Ken served as a town board member and was a member of the Rural Government League in McLean County. He enjoyed Canada fishing trips with his father-in-law, summer camping excursions with family and friends, and annual trips to New Glarus, WI. He most enjoyed being at home, caring for his family, home and garden. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Danvers or the Danvers Lions Club via the Otto-Argo-Calvert Memorial Home, Danvers.

Obituaries  |  January 9, 2022
Carolyn A. Frye

Carolyn A. Frye

Carolyn A. Frye, 87, of Hopedale, passed away Thursday, December 30, 2021 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Obituaries  |  January 9, 2022
Deborah L. Furman

Deborah L. Furman

Deborah L. Furman, 69, of McLean, passed away at her home on Thursday, January 6, 2022.

Obituaries  |  January 9, 2022
David H. Boston

David H. Boston

David H. Boston, 68, of Tremont, passed away Friday, December 31, 2021 at Unity Point Health in Pekin. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Payton Rich Recovers From Surgery

Payton Rich Recovers From Surgery

In May of 2021, Payton Rich was at her last middle school basketball practice of the season when she went to do a pivot move and bent her knee backward. This movement resulted in a stretched/swollen ACL and multiple bone bruises. On May 10th, a week after her injury, Payton went to go see a knee surgeon about her injury. Over the summer she spent time resting it, hoping at a chance to play in her freshman basketball season. Payton was in a wheelchair and wearing a leg brace for some time to help in the healing.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Waynesville's Gingerbread Park

Waynesville's Gingerbread Park

Gingerbread Park is a park located on the corner of Isham and 4th in Waynesville. There is playground equipment, a basketball court, green space for playing ball, and a pavilion. Gingerbread Park began in 1975, when the pavilion was built. The next additions were the merry-go-round and swings from the Waynesville Grade School after it closed. The park has only developed greatly since then, and much of the credit can go to the Waynesville Women’s Club. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
WCC Youth Group ‘Soup Supper’ a Success

WCC Youth Group ‘Soup Supper’ a Success

The Waynesville Christian Church Youth Group hosted a ‘Soup Supper’ on Saturday, October 23rd between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. A donation was requested with proceeds going towards the youth service project of purchasing and installing a new flagpole at Gingerbread Park.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Police Department Stays, For Now

Police Department Stays, For Now

On Tuesday, the Armington Village Board had a meeting to discuss the future of their police department. The cause for this decision on the future of the police department was the change in the way Tazwell county bills communities for 911 dispatch service. They used to bill communities based on the number of 911 calls handled from that community. Now they are billed on a flat rate, regardless of the number of calls. The 911 dispatch bill for Armington went from $1,800 annually to $8,300 annually with the change. With this drastic increase in cost, a decision to either keep or cut the police department had to be made. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Christmas Tree Lighting in Armington

Christmas Tree Lighting in Armington

The Village of Armington held it’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, November 27th. A large crowd packed the Armington Community Building for a chance to watch the Christmas lights illuminate in Maple Street Park for the first time of the season. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

The weather could not have been more cooperative for the 45th Annual Armington Park District Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. The sun was bright, the air had a slight autumn chill, the fallen leaves crunched underfoot as one approached the gymnasium entrance, and the enticing aroma of freshly cooked pancakes and breakfast sausage welcomed all comers.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Bob Stroud

Bob Stroud

This week we go to Armington for our “Meet the Chief” series. Bob Stroud has been Armington’s Fire Chief since January 2021. When asked about what the best part of being the chief is, Stroud proclaimed, “The best part is being a part of a good group of people who are there to help out when others need it.” Armington’s Community Fire and Rescue Protection District was founded in 1948. The firefighters are all volunteer workers. Their district services parts of Logan and Tazewell counties. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Ryan Sweeney

Ryan Sweeney

Ryan Sweeney grew up in Bloomington, Illinois. He began volunteering in the Secor Fire Department in 2004, and in 2006 he joined the Armington Fire and Rescue Department. In 2007 Ryan moved to the rescue side of the fire department, and just a little over a year ago he became chief of the rescue department. Overall Ryan has been volunteering and helping those in need for over 17 years.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
The End of an Era

The End of an Era

This week we are celebrating the retirement of Billie Cheek as an Alderman of the Atlanta City Council. Cheek has served on the council for 38 years. Aldermen help to govern the city, while making decisions and presentations for the betterment of Atlanta. Cheek has seen and worked on many changes throughout her time serving as an Alderman.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
The City of Atlanta’s Tourism Department

The City of Atlanta’s Tourism Department

Atlanta’s Tourism Department’s goal is to drive tourists into Atlanta and have them spend significant time in the town. There are a couple different ways that the tourism department has been able to accomplish this goal. These different methods of driving tourism in Atlanta include outreach with Facebook groups, keeping good relationships with neighboring Route 66 communities, staying in touch with other tourism departments in the region, planning special events, maintaining social media presence, and keeping visitors and tourists connected to Atlanta. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Under The Big Top

Under The Big Top

The traveling Culpepper and Merriweather Circus came to Atlanta, Illinois, on Thursday, September 2. This was a great event sponsored by the city of Atlanta for both the locals and tourists alike. The event was set up at the Atlanta ballfields in the morning. Guests were able to come by and see the raising the Big Top and then take a free tour learning all about the performers, the animals, and the history of the C&M Circus.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Atlanta Fall Festval

Atlanta Fall Festval

The Atlanta Fall Festival ran from September 9th-12th at the park. The festival is an annual event for all ages because it has many different activities to enjoy, including a parade, karaoke contest, rides, vendors, inflatables, games, food, bingo, and live music! 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Christmas on Route 66

Christmas on Route 66

Even though everyone celebrates Christmas differently, the town of Atlanta, Illinois had a fun event for people of all ages. The Atlanta Christmas Weekend festivities were held on November 27th and 28th. To start off the event, the Holiday Market was set up inside the Union Hall. Perfect for small businesses, there were booths that sold woodworking, crafts, jewelry, and more. Before the parade on the 28th, Santa came to visit the children and granted all of their holiday wishes! Also, guests enjoyed complimentary cookies and hot chocolate while waiting for the parade to start. The parade was held at 4:30 along Historic Route 66 and showcased many amazing floats and cars beautifully decorated with the Christmas spirit! Local businesses were invited to have a car or float, with a prize for the best decorated. The best float, a Christmas movie theme, was made by the Logan County APA, and the best car, a Grinch theme, was made by the Atlanta Public Library. Congratulations to these organizations! 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Winner Will Be Drawn From a Hat

Winner Will Be Drawn From a Hat

The third seat for the Danvers Village Trustee was recently voted on and is locked in at a tie of 78 between Bill Lally and Mike Deavers. A village trustee initiates conversation, then considers the residents’ viewpoint and votes on issues that affect the everyday life of residents, businesses, and property owners. These include economic development, public safety, road improvements and property conditions. The village board also addresses any concerns raised by residents but without a great group of village trustees, the village board may never hear any concerns from residents.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Danvers Town Band

Danvers Town Band

To the outsider, small towns may seem boring and uneventful. However, we know that is not the case. From festivals to tractor pulls, there are lots of things that bring excitement to small towns. Town bands also bring excitement, and this week we spotlight the Danvers Town Band. President of the band, Andrew Argo, is unsure exactly when the band first started, but they have pictures of a Danvers Band from 1905. Many families have had generations of members in the band. Argo is a fourth-generation member. At the beginning of the 1900s, many little towns had a community band to give entertainment to the people living in each town, according to Argo. The Danvers Town Band began playing on Saturday nights, but changed performances to Sunday nights in the 1990s because it was easier to get members to play in the band. In over a century, the band has only missed two years of performances. These two years were during World War II.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Michael Kemp

Michael Kemp

How can you tell when someone truly loves their job? Danvers’ Police Chief, Michael Kemp, shows his passion and love for his job. In this week’s edition of “Meet the Chief” we learn about why Chief Kemp became a police officer, what it is like working in his profession, and why he loves his job. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Danvers Township Library

Danvers Township Library

Danvers Township Library is a public library that serves 1,925 residents in Danvers Township. They offer a variety of different services which are: a collection of more than 20,000 books, 35,000 E-books, 3,700 DVDs & Blue-Ray discs, 120 audio books, over 30 specialty cake pans, and periodicals, plus a variety of reference materials. There is also internet usage, faxing, printing, copying, & laminating available to the public. The library holds different activities for different age groups of people. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Danvers Lions Club

Danvers Lions Club

The Danvers Lions Club is a community non profit organization in Danvers, that does many different things for the community. The Danvers Lions Club is part of The Lions Club International, which has over 48,000 different clubs all over the world. The main goal of all of these different clubs around the world is to “take action and serve the people in their communities.” The Lions Club International focuses on five global causes, diabetes, vision, hunger, environment, and childhood cancer. The Danvers Lions Club has been working hard to bring positivity into our local communities recently, and there has been a lot of appreciation from community members. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Warriors Hike To Prevent Veteran Suicides

Warriors Hike To Prevent Veteran Suicides

The Irreverent Warriors, a group with an impactful mission. The Irreverent Warriors are an organization working to improve mental health and prevent suicide among Veterans. They strive to create a healthy culture among their members. They work to accomplish their goals through events, creative engagements, and strong Veteran-based support networks.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Hopedale Rescue Squad

Hopedale Rescue Squad

The Hopedale Rescue Squad is a volunteer rescue squad that is a part of the Hopedale Protection District. The rescue squad has 15 members, 10 of which are EMTs and five are first responders. Brian Reed is the EMS Chief in Hopedale. When asked about the squad Reed commented, “We come from all backgrounds and we kind of share the responsibilities. We are primarily a transport unit that transports to all of the local hospitals. We don’t do medical transports, but 911 type transports.” The rescue squad started in 1971, so this year the squad will be celebrating their 50 year anniversary. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Willis Snowmobile Museum

Willis Snowmobile Museum

When you think about the small towns in our area, the first word that likely comes to mind is farming. However, we know that all small towns have their own gems that distinguish them aside from farming. Atlanta has The Bunyon Giant, Danvers has Danvers Days, but what about Hopedale? Well, Hopedale has the Willis Snowmobile Museum. The Willis Snowmobile Museum began with a small collection of snowmobiles and has grown rapidly since. They have about 150 on display at all times, but more than double that amount in their total collection. Willis Snowmobile Museum is located in a refurbished general store in downtown Hopedale, IL. Two generations of the Willis family have been involved with the museum. Russel Willis and his three sons, Danny, Darrin, and Donny, find the snowmobiles for the collection and take care of the museum. The family keeps the snowmobile museum as a hobby and passion of theirs, more than just running it like a business.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Hopedale Betterment Association

Hopedale Betterment Association

The Hopedale Betterment Association is an organization that seeks to serve and improve the quality of life in Hopedale. They run the Hopedale Happenings Facebook page that shares information about upcoming “happenings” in Hopedale. With the Hopedale Happenings Facebook page, the Hopedale Betterment Association is able to provide a very open source for communication amongst Hopedale community members, giving them even just a slightly increased quality of living. The Hopedale Betterment Association also offers a $500 scholarship to high school seniors within the Olympia School District. They also have sponsored town-wide garage sales, euchre tournaments, Hopedale birthday calendars, farmers market, maintained Hopedale Business Directory, and donated to the village for flowers planted on Main Street. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
The Origins of Hopedale

The Origins of Hopedale

Hopedale is a village in Tazewell County that has a lot of history in its past. The first settler of Hopedale was Aaron Orendorff, in the fall of 1827. When he discovered the village, Orendorff first named it Osceola, but later found out that there was already a town in Illinois named Osceola, so the name was then changed to Hopedale. Aaron Orendorff’s youngest granddaughter, Lydia Orendorff, was the town’s first telephone operator and organized the “Hopedale Chapter of Eastern Star and was their first worthy matron.” Lydia Orendorff’s family still owns the original map of Hopedale to this day. Staying in the Orendorff family, Lydia’s uncle, Thomas Orendorff, was in charge of creating the town’s first ever post office in 1852, organizing the first ever bank of Hopedale, and even gave the town it's then 20-acre park. The Orendorff family was also in charge of adding a sawmill, a woolen mill, a lumber yard, a furniture store, and a public hall. The family not only discovered the village of Hopedale, but they also helped set the foundation for a successful small town. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
4 Arrested After Double Shooting

4 Arrested After Double Shooting

At 9:15 P.M. Friday October 22nd, Tazewell County police responded to a call originating from a home on American Legion Road, outside of Mackinaw. At the scene, officers found 2 gunshot victims - Rebecca Bolin (age 51) was dead on the scene while her husband, Douglas Bolin (age 52) was Life Flighted to OSF Medical Center in Peoria in critical condition. 3 teenagers were taken into custody by Saturday, October 23rd, and are all charged with First Degree Murder with Intent along with one count of Attempted First Degree Murder: Sage Raeuber (19), Nathaniel Maloney (18), and Andre Street (17).

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Fire At The Roadhouse

Fire At The Roadhouse

In the early morning hours of Sunday September 5th, a structure fire occurred at The River Roadhouse, 30573 IL-9 in Mackinaw. According to Training Officer Roger Benhoff, of the Mackinaw Fire Department, firefighters reacted to the initial alarm at approximately 4:37 A.M. and 13 firefighters were soon on the scene. Before long, the decision was made to also bring in units from both Tremont and Minier Fire Departments for extra assistance. Working under clear conditions, firefighters battled the blaze for about 4 hours before being able to extinguish the flames, with no injuries reported.      Referring to an Illinois State report that The Mail has yet to obtain, Training Officer Roger Benhoff reported that the fire is believed to have started in the southwest corner of the building as a result of a faulty electrical box. When asked about the damage that occurred to the interior of the building, Roger responded “Gutted. I believe it will be a total loss.” A dollar estimate of damage is not immediately available.       The Mail has reached out to the owners of The River Roadhouse and the Illinois State Fire Marshal. Neither were available for comment at  time of publication.  

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Emery Joseph Whisler

Emery Joseph Whisler

For this week's profile, I had the opportunity to dust off a little project I haven’t quite gotten around to trying to: track the details surrounding the military service of Emery Whisler, a son of Mackinaw. Take a visit to Veterans Park and you’ll find a memorial inscribed with the words “Priv. Emery J. Whistler 122 M.G. Bn. 33 Div. 1898-1918”, indicating that young Emery was a member of the 122nd Machine Gun Battalion of the 33rd Division during World War One. Starting with this information, here is what I’ve been able to piece together.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Service and Sacrifice Recognized at Ceremony

Service and Sacrifice Recognized at Ceremony

MACKINAW – On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, a group of nearly sixty people gathered in the Mackinaw Community Center to recognize the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans at a ceremony sponsored by the American Legion. The ceremony was moved to the Community Center from the original venue of Veterans Park due to the weather.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
A Brief History of Mackinaw

A Brief History of Mackinaw

Originally the first seat of government for Tazewell County, Mackinaw draws its name from the local Kickapoo Indian tribe that was said to live in the western and south-western parts of the county. During this time, local tribes were still dealing with some upheaval caused by local events and friction between tribes. For a period of time, the Kickapoo Indians were not considered friendly to non-natives, but were subdued in part due to influence from the local Potawatomi tribe. Luckily, the Potawatomi tribe was superior in numbers compared to surrounding tribes. Eventually, Kickapoo Chief Mackina would come around and begin the process of building neutral, if not friendly, relations with local settlers. Unfortunately, due to national events in 1832, local tribes would largely evacuate from the state of Illinois.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Ethan Davis’ Incredible Multi-Sport Performance

Ethan Davis’ Incredible Multi-Sport Performance

Ethan Davis is a senior at Olympia High School that has been having one impressive year in his sports. Ethan has been a three-sport athlete since his freshman year, playing football, basketball, and baseball. This year, Ethan has had some very impressive performances. In basketball, Ethan broke the single game record for points in a game with 42 points. In football, he broke the single game record for rushing yards with 371 yards. Ethan is not just a one game wonder, he has been a great athlete and leader for Olympia for many years. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
CORE of McLean

CORE of McLean

Our community spotlight for the week highlights CORE of McLean. The nonprofit organization is made up of a small group of volunteers who are dedicated to bringing more pride, life, and activity into the town of McLean. CORE President, Katie Funk, stated “We want to make McLean a great place to live as well as a community that attracts visitors and businesses.” Along with President Katie Funk, CORE’s other board members are Jeff Hake, Vice President, and Tom Ludlam, Treasurer. The small group of volunteers help with the organization’s projects and events. The organization’s motto is: Pride in our Past, Progress in the Present, Prosperity in the Future. Katie Funk has been involved with CORE since 2013 and has been their President since 2017. While discussing her involvement with the organization, Funk proclaimed, “My favorite part is seeing people enjoying the fruits of our efforts, whether that's taking a photo in front of our mural, admiring the beautiful flowers on the square, or having a great time at our run/walk. Seeing people's smiles is always the best part.”

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Church Celebrates 150 Year Anniversary

Church Celebrates 150 Year Anniversary

McLean’s Ebenezer United Methodist Church celebrates their 150th anniversary! A committee was set up to plan events for this whole year to celebrate, but like many other things, the pandemic forced the church to halt their plans. One thing from the agenda that was able to be accomplished was a history book that holds information from the start of the church to current day. The book is available to be seen in the church and contains interesting artifacts. These artifacts include: pictures, recipes, and items from events such as weddings, Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving celebrations. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Sonshine Daycare

Sonshine Daycare

Looking for a good, quality daycare for your children? Then look no further. Sonshine Daycare in McLean is a ministry of the McLean United Methodist Church community which exists to provide quality child care in a Christian environment for children in McLean and the surrounding communities. Sonshine was established in July 1993 at the Methodist church, but then as it grew, expanded and now housed in the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District (old grade school) building since June 2006. The Olympia school district provides bus transportation to and from the daycare for all children attending Olympia South. The hours of operation are 7 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Veterans Day Dinner

Veterans Day Dinner

Veterans Day is a day to celebrate our American heroes, acknowledging their sacrifice and thanking them for their service. The McLean Legion Auxiliary does this through their annual Veterans’ Day dinner. This year the dinner was held on Thursday, November 11th and took place at the Mount Hope Community Hall. At this dinner they served turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls, choice of apple or cranberry sauce, desserts, and drinks. Any veteran who attended this dinner ate this meal for free. Otherwise, the dinner was $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Eric Fulk

Eric Fulk

Eric Fulk joined the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Fire Department on January 8th, 2000. After years of hard work and determination, he was hired as a full-time EMT and promoted to Fire Chief on May 1st, 2011. As a young boy, Fulk spent many hours around other family members in the fire service including his late father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was extremely proud that his father was instrumental in bringing Advance Life Support to McLean County.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
2021 Minier Christmas Parade

2021 Minier Christmas Parade

With Christmas fast approaching, there are so many ways to celebrate the holiday. Going back at least 80 years, one of the longest-running parades in the state, the Minier Christmas Parade has become a local tradition to celebrate Christmas. This year the parade was held on November 27th with the theme “Minier Memories”. This theme was put in place to acknowledge the generations of Minier residents that have watched and been a part of the parade.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Minier Corn Daze

Minier Corn Daze

The Minier Corn Daze is a festival held in Minier by the Olympia Kiwanis Club. This year, the Corn Daze will be held on Saturday, July 31st and Sunday, August 1st. There will be many different activities that can be enjoyed by attendees. On Saturday, there will be a Softball Tourney and a Fire Department Water Fight. Sunday will have, “all the sweet corn you can eat”, a Cruise-in, tractor pulls, a community church service at 10 AM, a vendor fair, a pedal tractor race, a lawn mower tractor pull, multiple events for kids, a car show, live music, and lots of food. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Family Reading Night at Olympia West

Family Reading Night at Olympia West

Family Reading Night 2021 at Olympia West Elementary School was one for the books. The event, sponsored by the H.A. Peine District Library and Olympia West Elementary School in Minier, featured a motivational program and exhibition by former Harlem Globetrotter, “Corey the Dribbler”.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
George Washington Minier

George Washington Minier

Founded nearly 154 years ago, the village of Minier has an interesting history all of which leads back to its founder, Rev. George Washington Minier. Born on October 8th of 1813, Rev. Minier was one of ten children. He was raised in Bradford County where he found his education in public schools and Athens Academy. He was so dedicated to his studies he would walk six miles to and from school. After Rev. Minier finished his college education, he taught for three years.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Olympia Kiwanis Club

Olympia Kiwanis Club

The Olympia Kiwanis Club is a part of the global Kiwanis organization of volunteers that are “dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.” The Olympia Kiwanis Club sponsors a bunch of different events throughout the year that bring the community together. A few of these events are a house decorating contest around Christmas, a Christmas parade, The Olympia Kiwanis Corn Daze, and community Easter Egg Hunts. The Olympia community has always enjoyed these events that the Kiwanis Club puts on. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
The Town Well Closes

The Town Well Closes

The Town Well restaurant in Stanford closed its doors on October 1st, due to their lease not being renewed, but with hopes of finding a new location someday soon. The small-town bar and grill was well-known for its top-notch food and service, recently receiving multiple recognitions in The Pantagraph’s Reader’s Choice Awards including 2nd in “Best Cheeseburger,” 3rd in “Best Horseshoe,” and in the top 5 for “Best Steak.”

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Olympia 4H Pacesetters

Olympia 4H Pacesetters

The Olympia Pacesetters 4-H Club members have recently installed Emergency Mini Food Pantries [EMFP] in the Olympia School District in Stanford, Danvers, Minier, OHMS, Hopedale, and Waynesville. They have also added one just outside the district in Carlock. 4-H members involved in this project are known as the Hunger Ambassadors; youth that are passionate about fighting rural hunger. This group built their first ever EMFP in 2018 in Stanford, and have been working ever since then to build a network of these pantries in the greater McLean County area. 

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes

HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes

HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes is a local 501c non-profit with the mission to give back to wounded soldiers. Four out of the five board members are Olympia graduates. To complete their mission HOOAH provides outdoor activities to these wounded soldiers. This includes events such as turkey hunts, fishing trips, deer hunts, and pheasant hunts. These activities are supervised by volunteers and every aspect is formatted to fit the needs of each soldier.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
OHS Adds Chicken Coop in Honor of Local Farmer

OHS Adds Chicken Coop in Honor of Local Farmer

The Olympia High School agriculture department has recently added a chicken coop outside of the school where they will raise hens and have hands-on learning opportunities. Richard “Dick” Johnson of Atlanta passed away last year, and his family chose Olympia FFA to be one of the organizations to donate some memorial money to. Johnson was a local farmer who had an egg delivery business, so the Olympia agriculture department found it fitting to buy a chicken coop for the school. The high school agricultural science class already raises chickens every year as part of their class experience. The class does a feed trial to learn about animal nutrition and the basics of taking care of animals. In the past, the hens would be sent to a local farm, but the new chicken coop offers the opportunity to keep the hens on campus for a year-round experience with the animals.

Best of 2021  |  January 2, 2022
Dustin Carter

Dustin Carter

This week’s edition of “Meet the Chief” features the Chief of Police for the Stanford Police Department, Chief Dustin Carter. Chief Carter grew up around Hoopeston and Leroy and has been around law enforcement his whole life. His father was also a Chief of Police and being in a household that focused on public safety made it feel very natural for Chief Carter to pursue a career in law enforcement. Chief Carter obtained his bachelor’s degree from Lincoln College with a major in Business Management and a minor in Criminal Justice. Although Chief Carter understood that law enforcement was not for everyone, he saw it as his calling. 

Obituaries  |  January 2, 2022
Donald L. Denne

Donald L. Denne

Donald L. Denne, 80 of Danvers, passed away at his home at 9:27 pm Monday December 20, 2021.

Obituaries  |  January 2, 2022
Robert Stephen

Robert Stephen "Steve" Craig

Robert S. “Steve” Craig, 77, of McLean, passed away at St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. Funeral Services for Steve will be on Monday, January 3, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at the McLean Christian Church. Mr. Tony Billingsley will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Waynesville.

Top Story  |  December 26, 2021
A Visit from St. Nicholas

A Visit from St. Nicholas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Community Spotlight  |  December 26, 2021
The Origins of Rudolph

The Origins of Rudolph

As the holiday season of 1938 came to Chicago, Bob May wasn’t feeling much comfort or joy. A 34-year-old ad writer for Montgomery Ward, May was exhausted and nearly broke. His wife, Evelyn, was bedridden, on the losing end of a two-year battle with cancer. This left Bob to look after their four-year old-daughter, Barbara.

Obituaries  |  December 26, 2021
Donald L. Denne

Donald L. Denne

Donald L. Denne, 80 of Danvers, passed away at his home at 9:27 pm Monday December 20, 2021.

Obituaries  |  December 26, 2021
Robert Stephen

Robert Stephen "Steve" Craig

Robert S. “Steve” Craig, 77, of McLean, passed away at St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. Funeral Services for Steve will be on Monday, January 3, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at the McLean Christian Church. Mr. Tony Billingsley will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Waynesville.

Top Story  |  December 19, 2021
Winter Preparedness: A Quick Guide

Winter Preparedness: A Quick Guide

It’s that time of year again: snowbanks and slippery roads. That’s right, it is time to outfit your vehicle for a “worst case” scenario where you may be stuck on your own for a bit. Here is a quick rundown of what you may need to help yourself should the worst occur. 

Community Spotlight  |  December 19, 2021
Christmas Worship Services

Christmas Worship Services

Area Christmas Church Service Schedules.

Community Spotlight  |  December 19, 2021
Cookies and Cocoa with Santa

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa

As the holidays approach us, the Minier Christian Church held a special event called Christmas Cookies and Cocoa with Santa on Saturday, December 11th. The day was hosted by St. Jude Olympia to Peoria Run with the help of organizer, Stacey Boots. The Olympia High School National Honor Society students volunteered to staff the event. Families thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and holiday activities.

Community Spotlight  |  December 19, 2021
Jingle All the Way: Drive Sober this Holiday Season

Jingle All the Way: Drive Sober this Holiday Season

In a continuation of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office has announced plans to participate in a “statewide impaired driving awareness campaign”, starting on December 17th and running through January 3rd.

Local News – Waynesville  |  December 19, 2021
New Year's Day Breakfast

New Year's Day Breakfast

Waynesville United Methodist Church is planning a New Years Day breakfast. It will be held in the church basement on January 1, 2022 from 8 am - 10 am. Breakfast casseroles, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, donuts/rolls, juice, milk and coffee will be served. Everyone is welcome. Donations are always graciously accepted.

Local News – Waynesville  |  December 19, 2021
Waynesville Christian Church

Waynesville Christian Church

Christmas Eve service at 9:00 PM. Come for this special time of celebrating Christ's birth with us.

Local News – Armington  |  December 19, 2021
Armington Christian Church

Armington Christian Church

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 5:00pm on December 24th. All are welcome to join us for this Christmas tradition. Leading up to Christmas Eve we will have messages each Sunday at 10:30am helping us to focus on the reason for Christmas- Jesus.

Local News – Hopedale  |  December 19, 2021
Hopedale Mennonite Church

Hopedale Mennonite Church

You're invited to celebrate Christmas with us around the table as we share in a free traditional Christmas meal celebrating the gift of God's love! We plan to offer indoor dining, takeout or local delivery. Delivery meals must be reserved no later than Tuesday, December 21. Reservations are not required but are encouraged for planning purposes. Please call Hopedale Mennonite Church office at 449-6600 or email office@hopedalemennonitechurch.com.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  December 19, 2021
Cash Drawing

Cash Drawing

There is $2,150 up for grabs at Haynes on Main. Drawings occur every Tuesday between 7-9 P.M. and you must sign up at least a day before. 

Local News – Mackinaw  |  December 19, 2021
Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Service

Friday December 24th, The New Castle Bible Church will be holding a Christmas Eve Service open to all. Services start at 4 P.M. and are expected to last about an hour. 

Local News – Mackinaw  |  December 19, 2021
Living Hope Community Church 

Living Hope Community Church 

Candle lit acoustic worship with traditional Christmas hymns and carols. Christmas Eve at 6:00pm.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  December 19, 2021
Mackinaw Christian Church 

Mackinaw Christian Church 

December 24th at 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Service: A short service of stories, scripture, hymns and candle lighting.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  December 19, 2021
Mackinaw United Methodist Church

Mackinaw United Methodist Church

Christmas Eve Services will be held at Mackinaw Methodist Church on Friday, December 24th at 5:00 P.M. The service is expected to last around 45 minutes. 

Local News – Mackinaw  |  December 19, 2021
Village Meeting Cancelled

Village Meeting Cancelled

The Mackinaw Board of Trustees Meeting on Monday, December 27th has been cancelled.

Local News – McLean  |  December 19, 2021
Mt. Hope Funks Grove Library News

Mt. Hope Funks Grove Library News

Drop off your letters to Santa in our special mailbox!

Local News – Minier  |  December 19, 2021
Library Holiday Hours

Library Holiday Hours

The H.A. Peine District Library holiday hours are as follows. Monday through Thursday, December 20th through December 23rd, 12 Noon until 7:30 PM. Closed Friday, December 24th and Saturday, December 25th. Monday through Thursday, December 27th through December 30th, 12:00 Noon until 7:30 PM. Friday, December 31st, open 9 AM until 12 noon and closed Saturday, January 1st. 

Local News – Minier  |  December 19, 2021
Minier Christian Church 

Minier Christian Church 

On Christmas Eve, there will be a Petting Zoo and Cocoa Bar at 2pm, and a Candelight Service at 3pm.

Local News – Tremont  |  December 19, 2021
Tremont Baptist Church 

Tremont Baptist Church 

On Christmas Eve there will be a  special service of carols, candlelight,  and communion. Those services are at 3pm and 9 pm on December 24.

Obituaries  |  December 19, 2021
Linda K. Scalf

Linda K. Scalf

Linda K. Scalf, 70, of Danvers, Illinois, passed away at 10:36 AM on Tuesday December 7, 2021, at her home. We can be confident that she has now joined her family on the other side because of the way she lived her life. Following Linda's wishes, she will be cremated, and her ashes will be mixed with her beloved husband Richard G. Scalf's so they can rest together. Graveside services will be arranged in the spring at the Rutland Cemetery near Rutland, Illinois. Graveside services notification will be posted in this paper. Born April 27, 1951, in St. Mary’s Hospital, Streator, Illinois. Linda was the youngest of eleven children and the first of her siblings to be born in a hospital. She was born of goodly parents, Lloyd "Basil" and Edna (Benton) McClenning. Linda attended a one room schoolhouse for three years after which she attended the new Otter Creek-Hyatt Grade School. She graduated from Streator High School and then graduated nursing school in Peoria in 1971. After waiting for her love to return from being a medic in the Vietnam War, Linda and Rick G. Scalf were married on June 30, 1973, in the old Baptist church just outside Streator, where Rick's father was the preacher. Rick was eventually afflicted with an illness attributed to his service in the war and only the sensitive, loving care of Linda, allowed him to stay amongst us for many years. This, however, took all of Linda's time and attention, but she would not have done his care any other way. Linda had five brothers and three sisters that preceded her in death. Two of Linda's sisters survive her, Mary McClenning, of Oglesby and Samantha (McClenning) Bailey of Streator. Linda was always taking good care of the people around her, and she had a sweet compassionate soul. She will be greatly missed by her friends and family.

Top Story  |  December 12, 2021
Kids and Social Media: What A Parent Should Consider

Kids and Social Media: What A Parent Should Consider

Most parents worry about their children’s interactions surrounding social media, and it’s tough to blame them. Generally speaking, scientists agree that 25 is the age at which the average brain finishes development, which means that the debilitating effects of social media have quite a long time to take hold. For example, one 2009 study showed that, if you take multi-tasking into account - texting while scrolling Facebook, for example - kids are engaged in “entertainment media” for between 7 and 11 hours a day. This refers to an effect called “continuous partial attention” and you may be unsurprised to learn that it does not lead to our children being better multi-taskers.

Community Spotlight  |  December 12, 2021
Christmas Worship Services

Christmas Worship Services

Area Christmas Church Service Schedules.

Community Spotlight  |  December 12, 2021
Virtual Angel Tree Offers Christmas to Needy

Virtual Angel Tree Offers Christmas to Needy

It’s Christmas time! The Olympia High School National Honor Society is sponsoring its annual virtual Angel Tree project. The Spartan Promise Council also works in close conjunction with this event. This Angel Tree gives gifts to middle and high school students in need within the district. Selected students have been given the opportunity to make a list of wants and needs for Christmas. All students have identified both clothing and recreational items.

Local News – Waynesville  |  December 12, 2021
Sons of the American Legion Dinner

Sons of the American Legion Dinner

The Sons of the American Legion will be hosting a dinner on Saturday, December 18th between the hours of 5pm and 7pm at the Waynesville American Legion Hall.

Local News – Atlanta  |  December 12, 2021
The 12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas

The Atlanta Public Library is inviting the public every evening from December 7th - December 18th at Union Hall (114 SW Arch Street) for a fun Christmas-themed craft project. No registration is required. December 16th's Hat Making event may be difficult for younger kids. Participants must be 10 years old or older and come with a parent or guardian.

Local News – Hopedale  |  December 12, 2021
Christmas Coloring Pages

Christmas Coloring Pages

Coloring pages are starting to come back and they are looking beautiful! The Dollar General staff in Hopedale have chipped in and are having a drawing for two prizes the week of Christmas. If you want your child to be entered simply put their name and contact info on their page.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  December 12, 2021
Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Service

Friday December 24th, The New Castle Bible Church will be holding a Christmas Eve Service open to all. Services start at 4 P.M. and are expected to last about an hour. 

Local News – Mackinaw  |  December 12, 2021
EMT Class Starting

EMT Class Starting

EMTs are needed in Mackinaw. On January 5th, an EMT (B) class will be starting, which is on-line except for skills testing. More information to come. 

Local News – Mackinaw  |  December 12, 2021
Holiday Luminary Stroll

Holiday Luminary Stroll

Saturday December 18th, the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting their "Holiday Luminary Stroll and Warming Night". Bring your friends and family for a charming stroll around the vineyard grounds and enjoy the multiple offerings presented. Deals on wine will also be available. The festivities start at 4:30 P.M. and run until 9 P.M.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  December 12, 2021
Mackinaw Fest Meeting

Mackinaw Fest Meeting

On Thursday, December 16th, there will be an informational meeting surrounding the upcoming Mackinaw Fest, which will be held at the Mackinaw Town Hall building. The meeting will start at 6 P.M. and anyone who is interested in volunteering is encouraged to attend.

Local News – McLean  |  December 12, 2021
Mt. Hope Funks Grove Library News

Mt. Hope Funks Grove Library News

Drop off your letters to Santa in our special mailbox!

Local News – Stanford  |  December 12, 2021
Cookie Decorating for All Ages

Cookie Decorating for All Ages

Come on out to the Allin Township Community Building on Wednesday, December 15th, from 5 - 8pm, for a fun evening for all ages.

Local News – Stanford  |  December 12, 2021
Search and Rescue Training

Search and Rescue Training

On Monday, December 6th, the Allin Township Fire Department trained along with firefighters from the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Fire Department and the Minier Fire Department in Stanford, continuing training on search and rescue as well as hose advancement.

Obituaries  |  December 12, 2021
Ann Ash Hildebrand

Ann Ash Hildebrand

Ann Ash Hildebrand, age 89, passed away November 26, 2021, in her home in Glen Ellyn.

Obituaries  |  December 12, 2021
William G. Carius

William G. Carius

William Galen “Bill” Carius passed away on Saturday, December 4, 2021,  at Hopedale Nursing Home, Hopedale, IL. Bill was born on May 7, 1926, in Tazewell County, Illinois, to William S. and Ida (Getz) Carius.

Top Story  |  December 5, 2021
Christmas on Route 66

Christmas on Route 66

Even though everyone celebrates Christmas differently, the town of Atlanta, Illinois had a fun event for people of all ages. The Atlanta Christmas Weekend festivities were held on November 27th and 28th. To start off the event, the Holiday Market was set up inside the Union Hall. Perfect for small businesses, there were booths that sold woodworking, crafts, jewelry, and more. Before the parade on the 28th, Santa came to visit the children and granted all of their holiday wishes! Also, guests enjoyed complimentary cookies and hot chocolate while waiting for the parade to start. The parade was held at 4:30 along Historic Route 66 and showcased many amazing floats and cars beautifully decorated with the Christmas spirit! Local businesses were invited to have a car or float, with a prize for the best decorated. The best float, a Christmas movie theme, was made by the Logan County APA, and the best car, a Grinch theme, was made by the Atlanta Public Library. Congratulations to these organizations! 

Community Spotlight  |  December 5, 2021
Volunteers Needed for Upcoming “Mackinaw Fest”

Volunteers Needed for Upcoming “Mackinaw Fest”

The Mackinaw Mail sat down with organizers for the upcoming Mackinaw Fest to discuss plans currently in the works and the dire need for volunteers. Larry Morgan and Dustin Schmidgall  explained that crowd size at the event has been dwindling the last few years, while also acknowledging that Covid was a big part of that effect. In order to turn that around, something new needs to be tried.

Community Spotlight  |  December 5, 2021
Minier Library Holiday Kids’ Craft Party

Minier Library Holiday Kids’ Craft Party

The village of Minier hosts a variety of Christmas-themed events. Just last week the annual Christmas Parade was held and now coming up on Tuesday, December 7th the Holiday Kids’ Craft Party is being held at the Minier Library. This event is a great place to get your kids into the holiday spirit and celebrate Christmas with some fun activities. 

Community Spotlight  |  December 5, 2021
OHS Student Collecting Supplies for Homeless

OHS Student Collecting Supplies for Homeless

Senior, Andrew Fishman, at Olympia High School is running a supply drive for the homeless. This fundraiser is all student-generated by Andrew. The donation drive works through the Salvation Army from 11/19 to 12/20. The Salvation Army allows for a bed and warming center for the needy, especially during the winter months. They have 33 beds and around 90 additional people who also stay for the night. With all the goods collected, Andrew will be filling bags for each person, making his goal of at least 123 bags. 

Local News – Atlanta  |  December 5, 2021
The 12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas

The Atlanta Public Library is inviting the public every evening from December 7th - December 18th at Union Hall (114 SW Arch Street) for a fun Christmas-themed craft project. No registration is required. December 16th's Hat Making event may be difficult for younger kids. Participants must be 10 years old or older and come with a parent or guardian. Tickets for each of the 4 Movie Nights may be picked up at the Library beginning Monday, November 29th.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  December 5, 2021
EMT Class Starting

EMT Class Starting

EMTs are needed in Mackinaw. On January 5th, an EMT (B) class will be starting, which is on-line except for skills testing. More information to come. 

Local News – Mackinaw  |  December 5, 2021
Mackinaw Fest Meeting

Mackinaw Fest Meeting

On Thursday, December 16th, there will be an informational meeting surrounding the upcoming Mackinaw Fest, which will be held at the Mackinaw Town Hall building. The meeting will start at 6 P.M. and anyone who is interested in volunteering is encouraged to attend.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  December 5, 2021
Tickets Still Available

Tickets Still Available

Tickets are still available for The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Murder Mystery Dinner “A Christmas Gory” set to start at 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 12th. Suggested arrival time is an hour before the show, to allow for wine tasting, mingling, and you can even let the cast know if you would like to be part of the show.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  December 5, 2021
Zoning Board Meeting

Zoning Board Meeting

On Wednesday, December 8th there will be a Zoning Board of Appeals at City Hall. Meeting starts at 7 P.M. and will adjourn when the board motions to adjourn.

Local News – McLean  |  December 5, 2021
Mt. Hope Funks Grove Library News

Mt. Hope Funks Grove Library News

On Saturday, December 11, come for a special reading beginning of the Polar Express with hot chocolate and have your picture taken with Santa.  Stop by the library to pick up your event ticket to win door prizes! 1 adult basket and 2 kid baskets to be given away! The story will begin at 10:30AM.  Don’t forget to wear your jammies!! This event will run from 10:00 AM until noon.

Local News – Stanford  |  December 5, 2021
Potato Chip Ball Cookies

Potato Chip Ball Cookies

Many thanks to Shirley Peek for submitting this recipe for Potato Chip Ball Cookies.

Obituaries  |  December 5, 2021
Reba Leigh

Reba Leigh

Reba Leigh, 96, of Mt. Pulaski, formerly of Atlanta and Eureka, passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2021, at the Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski.

Obituaries  |  December 5, 2021
Tommie L. Boitnott

Tommie L. Boitnott

Tommie L. Boitnott age 74 of Bloomington, IL passed away 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. Visitation will be 10:00 AM-12 Noon Monday, December 6, 2021 at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. A Masonic Service will be held at 12 Noon Monday, December 6, 2021 at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL with Military rites to follow at the funeral home by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard. His funeral service will be begin immediately after military honors are conducted. Rev. Steve Evans will be officiating.

Top Story  |  November 28, 2021
2021 Minier Christmas Parade

2021 Minier Christmas Parade

With Christmas fast approaching, there are so many ways to celebrate the holiday. Going back at least 80 years, one of the longest-running parades in the state, the Minier Christmas Parade has become a local tradition to celebrate Christmas. This year the parade was held on November 27th with the theme “Minier Memories”. This theme was put in place to acknowledge the generations of Minier residents that have watched and been a part of the parade.

Community Spotlight  |  November 28, 2021
Christmas Tree Lighting in Armington

Christmas Tree Lighting in Armington

The Village of Armington held it’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, November 27th. A large crowd packed the Armington Community Building for a chance to watch the Christmas lights illuminate in Maple Street Park for the first time of the season. 

Community Spotlight  |  November 28, 2021
Defense Argues Against Media in Murder Case

Defense Argues Against Media in Murder Case

Three of the four suspects accused in the October shooting of Rebecca and Douglas Bolin appeared again in Tazewell County Court on Wednesday November 24th. Andre Street appeared in person, arriving in handcuffs, and escorted by an armed guard. Street was charged with seven crimes including 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Attempted Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, and Home Invasion.

Community Spotlight  |  November 28, 2021
OHS Speech Team Scores at Tournament

OHS Speech Team Scores at Tournament

As many other sports and activities start to get rolling for the winter season, so does the Speech Team. While it is still early in their season, they have had three tournaments so far with a lot of success. On the 20th the team competed in the Richwoods tournament where they had seven Varsity Finalists, four JV Finalists, and as a team they placed 5th overall. These early successes show just how great of a season they are likely to have.

Obituaries  |  November 28, 2021
Harry H. Shifflet

Harry H. Shifflet

Harry H. Shifflet, age 91 of Waynesville, IL, the son of George H. and Elizabeth (Burke) Shifflet passed peacefully at 7:57 PM November 19, 2021 at Vonderlieth Living Center, Mt. Pulaski, IL after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life Service will be postponed until Spring of 2022. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the Donor’s Choice. Harry was born February 9, 1930 in Bloomington, IL. He married Martha Ann Tygrest in June, 1950. Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Martha Ann Shifflet; daughter, Leslie Glennie; son, Eric (Betsy) Shifflet; and daughter, Lee (Terry) Stolarski; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and his pet Yorkie, Joey. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Harry served in the US Army from 1950 to 1952. He was a member of the Waynesville American Legion Post 1189 and served as Commander in his earlier years.

Local News – Atlanta  |  November 28, 2021
The 12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas

The Atlanta Public Library is inviting the public every evening from December 7th - December 18th at Union Hall (114 SW Arch Street) for a fun Christmas-themed craft project. No registration is required. December 16th's Hat Making event may be difficult for younger kids. Participants must be 10 years old or older and come with a parent or guardian. Tickets for each of the 4 Movie Nights may be picked up at the Library beginning Monday, November 29th.

Local News – Danvers  |  November 28, 2021
Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tree Lighting Ceremony

The annual Danvers Tree Lighting ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 4 at 6:00 PM, in front of the Danvers Township Public Library.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  November 28, 2021
Sleigh Door Hanger @ Mackinaw Winery

Sleigh Door Hanger @ Mackinaw Winery

Thursday, December 2nd at 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.,  the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting “Art at the Bodega” and making Sleigh Door Hangers. Tickets can be purchased at theartbodega.com, while food and wine can be purchased on site.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  November 28, 2021
Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed

On Thursday, December 16th at 6:00 P.M., an informational meeting surrounding the upcoming “Mackinaw Fest” is being held at the Mackinaw Town Hall building. Anyone interested in volunteering to help during the 3 day fest is encouraged to attend.

Local News – Minier  |  November 28, 2021
Pancake Breakfast and Raffle

Pancake Breakfast and Raffle

The Minier Fire Department would like to thank everyone who came out to their annual fireman breakfast on Saturday, November 27. 

Local News – Stanford  |  November 28, 2021
2021 Madrigal Feaste

2021 Madrigal Feaste

The 2021 Madrigal Feaste will be held at Castle Olympia, formerly known as the Olympia High School gym in Stanford IL. The Feaste will be on Saturday, December 4th at noon and 6 pm and Sunday, December 5th at 2 pm. 

Local News – Stanford  |  November 28, 2021
Annual Senior Christmas Dinner

Annual Senior Christmas Dinner

The Annual Senior Christmas Dinner will be held on Saturday, December 4th. This annual event is hosted by the Stanford Silver Stars 4H Club.

Obituaries  |  November 28, 2021
Christi Ann Klein

Christi Ann Klein

Christi Ann Klein, 60 of Danvers passed away at home on Saturday November 20, 2021, at 8:18 AM.

Obituaries  |  November 28, 2021
Linda C. Schunke

Linda C. Schunke

Linda C. Schunke, 74, of McLean, passed away at her home on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

Top Story  |  November 21, 2021
The Mail Celebrates First Anniversary

The Mail Celebrates First Anniversary

It’s a big week for The Mail Newspapers as the publication celebrates its first full year of covering current events in Central Illinois. The Mail broadly consists of 10 newspapers and publishes relevant news for the 12,337 residents that live within its purview. The mission of The Mail is “to chronicle the milestones of our community and neighbors, celebrate common values, support our home teams, and promote civic engagement and local business.” In celebration of 52 editions published, I spoke with publisher Robert Fang and contributors Chris Jones and Chloe Scroggins to get their views after a year in business. 

Community Spotlight  |  November 21, 2021
History of Thanksgiving

History of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a national holiday observed only in the United States. In 1621, the Plymouth colonies and Wampanoag people had a huge autumn harvest feast recognized as the first Thanksgiving celebration. Then, everyone else in the United States started having similar gatherings. Eventually, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving as a holiday to occur on the 4th Thursday in the month of November. This year it is celebrated on Thursday, November 25th.

Community Spotlight  |  November 21, 2021
Family Reading Night at Olympia West

Family Reading Night at Olympia West

Family Reading Night 2021 at Olympia West Elementary School was one for the books. The event, sponsored by the H.A. Peine District Library and Olympia West Elementary School in Minier, featured a motivational program and exhibition by former Harlem Globetrotter, “Corey the Dribbler”.

Community Spotlight  |  November 21, 2021
Madrigal Feaste

Madrigal Feaste

Grand castles, intricate clothing, a grand feast, and the joy of Christmas and great music; all of this is what you will experience at Olympia’s annual Madrigals event. Every year about 100 students from Olympia High School’s Chamber Choir, Court Singers, Madrigal Band, Madrigal Masque, and 8th Grade Chorus perform in front of a crowd of guests, stepping them back in time and into the renaissance period. 

Obituaries  |  November 21, 2021
Harry H. Shifflet

Harry H. Shifflet

Harry H. Shifflet, age 91 of Waynesville, IL, the son of George H. and Elizabeth (Burke) Shifflet passed peacefully at 7:57 PM November 19, 2021 at Vonderlieth Living Center, Mt. Pulaski, IL after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life Service will be postponed until Spring of 2022. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the Donor’s Choice. Harry was born February 9, 1930 in Bloomington, IL. He married Martha Ann Tygrest in June, 1950. Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Martha Ann Shifflet; daughter, Leslie Glennie; son, Eric (Betsy) Shifflet; and daughter, Lee (Terry) Stolarski; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and his pet Yorkie, Joey. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Harry served in the US Army from 1950 to 1952. He was a member of the Waynesville American Legion Post 1189 and served as Commander in his earlier years.

Local News – Armington  |  November 21, 2021
Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas Tree Lighting

Armington will be holding a Christmas Tree Lighting at Maple Street Park on Saturday, November 27th at 6:00 PM.

Local News – Atlanta  |  November 21, 2021
Indoor Holiday Market

Indoor Holiday Market

Shop small, shop local next weekend at Atlanta's Indoor Holiday Market on Route 66 in Union Hall and the Visitors Center (114 SW Arch Street).

Local News – Atlanta  |  November 21, 2021
Parade and Tree Lighting

Parade and Tree Lighting

The City of Atlanta will host a Christmas Parade on Sunday, November 28th at 4:30pm, the parade will go down Arch Street, take a right on Vine Street, right on Church Street, right on North Street.

Local News – Atlanta  |  November 21, 2021
Semi Fire with Hazmat Exposure

Semi Fire with Hazmat Exposure

On Friday, November 17th, a semi truck caught fire near the 140 mile marker of south bound interstate 155. The fire was complicated by hazardous material exposure.

Local News – Danvers  |  November 21, 2021
Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tree Lighting Ceremony

The annual Danvers Tree Lighting ceremony was held on Saturday, December 4 just after dusk, in front of the Danvers Township Public Library.

Local News – Hopedale  |  November 21, 2021
Vendors Needed for Craft Fair

Vendors Needed for Craft Fair

Vendors are needed for the 2021 Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair held on November 28th from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  November 21, 2021
Adult Discipleship Electives

Adult Discipleship Electives

On Sunday, November 28th, The New Castle Bible Church is hosting an “Adult Discipleship Electives” event, starting at 9:30 A.M.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  November 21, 2021
Big Party Night at Pub 52

Big Party Night at Pub 52

On Wednesday November 24th, K&R Country returns to Pub 52 for “The Big Party Night”. The show starts at 7:00 P.M. and goes on until 10:00 P.M.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  November 21, 2021
Sleigh Door Hanger @ Mackinaw Winery

Sleigh Door Hanger @ Mackinaw Winery

Thursday, December 2nd at 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.,  the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting “Art at the Bodega” and making Sleigh Door Hangers. Tickets can be purchased at theartbodega.com, while food and wine can be purchased on site.

Local News – Minier  |  November 21, 2021
Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade

Set aside 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 27 to attend the annual Minier Christmas Parade. The theme this year is: "Minier Memories".

Local News – Minier  |  November 21, 2021
Fire Department Raffle

Fire Department Raffle

The Minier Fire Department is holding a Holiday Cash Raffle for its 2021 fundraiser.

Local News – Minier  |  November 21, 2021
Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

The Minier Fire Department is hosting their Annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 6:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 27 at 107 W Central Ave, Minier. 

Local News – Stanford  |  November 21, 2021
Peanut Butter - Chocolate Chip - Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter - Chocolate Chip - Oatmeal Cookies

Many thanks to Mary Fowler for submitting this recipe for Peanut Butter - Chocolate Chip - Oatmeal Cookies.

Obituaries  |  November 21, 2021
Christi Ann Klein

Christi Ann Klein

Christi Ann Klein, 60 of Danvers passed away at home on Saturday November 20, 2021, at 8:18 AM.

Obituaries  |  November 21, 2021
Doris Hayden Fahnders

Doris Hayden Fahnders

Doris Hayden Fahnders, 94, of Hopedale, formerly of Pekin and Delavan, passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at Hopedale Nursing Home. 

Obituaries  |  November 21, 2021
Linda C. Schunke

Linda C. Schunke

Linda C. Schunke, 74, of McLean, passed away at her home on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

Obituaries  |  November 21, 2021
Maribelle Schopp

Maribelle Schopp

Maribelle Schopp, 89 of Minier, Illinois passed away with family by her side at Pekin Manor on Sunday, November 14, 2021. 

Top Story  |  November 14, 2021
Service and Sacrifice Recognized at Ceremony

Service and Sacrifice Recognized at Ceremony

MACKINAW – On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, a group of nearly sixty people gathered in the Mackinaw Community Center to recognize the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans at a ceremony sponsored by the American Legion. The ceremony was moved to the Community Center from the original venue of Veterans Park due to the weather.

Community Spotlight  |  November 14, 2021
VanDyke Sworn In As EMA Coordinator

VanDyke Sworn In As EMA Coordinator

On November 1st, Jeff VanDyke was sworn in as the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Coordinator for McLean, Illinois, at the McLean County Government board meeting. I interviewed Cathy Beck, the director for the McLean County EMA about Jeff’s newly appointed position. Cathy oversees all operations. The village of McLean has not had its own EMA Coordinator for over eight years. This is a volunteer position and there is no set term length or requirement for this job. Jeff will be able to work as long as he desires, or until he becomes physically incapable. 

Community Spotlight  |  November 14, 2021
George Washington Minier

George Washington Minier

Founded nearly 154 years ago, the village of Minier has an interesting history all of which leads back to its founder, Rev. George Washington Minier. Born on October 8th of 1813, Rev. Minier was one of ten children. He was raised in Bradford County where he found his education in public schools and Athens Academy. He was so dedicated to his studies he would walk six miles to and from school. After Rev. Minier finished his college education, he taught for three years.

Local News – Hopedale  |  November 14, 2021
Thanksgiving Dinner Drive-Thru

Thanksgiving Dinner Drive-Thru

It's that time of the year, again. Join the Hopedale Medical Complex Community for their Thanksgiving Dinner Drive-Thru.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  November 14, 2021
All Day Food Drive

All Day Food Drive

On Sunday November 14th, the New Castle Bible Church will be hosting an all day food drive to benefit the Community Food Pantry in Mackinaw. Tubs will be placed at entrances to place donations in.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  November 14, 2021
Board of Trustees Meeting

Board of Trustees Meeting

On Monday November 22nd, the Board of Trustees meeting is being held at Village Hall. The meeting will start at 7 P.M. and conclude when the board motions for adjournment.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  November 14, 2021
Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House

On Sunday November 14th from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting a Holiday Open House. The event includes cork ornament making, shopping, live music by Greg Williams, wine, and some free food. Wine discounts will also be available!

Local News – Mackinaw  |  November 14, 2021
Suspects in Murder Plot Appear in Court

Suspects in Murder Plot Appear in Court

MACKINAW – Three of the four suspects accused in a murder for hire plot to kill a local couple have appeared in court on Wednesday, November 10th. Sage Raueber 19, and Nathaniel Maloney 18, appeared in court virtually; while Andre Street 17, who will be tried as an adult, appeared in person. The three, along with an unnamed 15-year-old female, are being held for their roles in the October shootings of Rebecca and Douglas Bolin. Rebecca was killed while Douglas was left in critical condition. 

Local News – Minier  |  November 14, 2021
Community Claus Spaghetti Dinner

Community Claus Spaghetti Dinner

Community Claus will be holding its annual Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 4:30-6:30 pm at St. John’s Fellowship Hall. Please use the link below to reserve your meal pick-up time.

Local News – Minier  |  November 14, 2021
Fire Department Raffle

Fire Department Raffle

The Minier Fire Department is holding a Holiday Cash Raffle for its 2021 fundraiser.

Local News – Stanford  |  November 14, 2021
2021 Madrigal Feaste

2021 Madrigal Feaste

The 2021 Madrigal Feaste will be held at Castle Olympia, formerly known as the Olympia High School gym in Stanford IL. The Feaste will be on Saturday, December 4th at noon and 6 pm and Sunday, December 5th at 2 pm. 

Local News – Stanford  |  November 14, 2021
OHS Student’s Social Media Post Prompts Investigation

OHS Student’s Social Media Post Prompts Investigation

STANFORD – In the late afternoon on Thursday, November 11, the Olympia School District was made aware of a social media post depicting an Olympia High School student holding a weapon and purportedly making threats against the school. The school administration, in conjunction with the school resource officer, McLean County Sheriff’s Deputy Dillon Hodges, conducted a rapid investigation into the post and determined the threat to not be credible.

Obituaries  |  November 14, 2021
Florence L. Otto

Florence L. Otto

Florence L. Otto, 96, formerly of Danvers, passed away Friday, November 5, 2021 at Heritage Health in El Paso.

Obituaries  |  November 14, 2021
Mary Lou Miller

Mary Lou Miller

Mary Lou Miller, 91 of Normal, formerly of Danvers passed away Tuesday November 2, 2021, at Heritage Health in Normal.

Obituaries  |  November 14, 2021
Douglas L. Abernathie

Douglas L. Abernathie

Douglas L. Abernathie, 73, of Tremont, passed away Thursday, November 4, 2021 at his home. 

Top Story  |  November 7, 2021
The History of Veterans Day

The History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day, originally celebrated as Armistice Day, was first issued on November 11, 1919, by President Woodrow Wilson a year after the end of World War I. The purpose of Armistice Day was to honor the fallen soldiers of the Great War for their sacrifice and bravery. Seven years later, in 1926, Congress adopted a resolution requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue annual proclamations on November 11, making Armistice Day a legal holiday.

Community Spotlight  |  November 7, 2021
Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

The weather could not have been more cooperative for the 45th Annual Armington Park District Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. The sun was bright, the air had a slight autumn chill, the fallen leaves crunched underfoot as one approached the gymnasium entrance, and the enticing aroma of freshly cooked pancakes and breakfast sausage welcomed all comers.

Community Spotlight  |  November 7, 2021
Malmgren Wedding

Malmgren Wedding

Mackinaw residents, Erik Malmgren and Tara Sepich, were united in marriage on Friday November 5th. He is the son of Karen Malmgren and (late) James Malmgren, both of Canton. She is the daughter of Jennifer Sepich and (late) David Sepich, also of Canton.

Community Spotlight  |  November 7, 2021
NHS 8th Annual Halloween Fest

NHS 8th Annual Halloween Fest

The National Honor Society at Olympia High School hosted the 8th annual Halloween Fest this past Sunday. National Honor Society is a chosen group of junior and senior students that set high academic standards and impact the community with service projects. This year there are about 50 high school students, with advisors Mrs. Lisa Steve and Mrs. Amanda Hapgood.

Community Spotlight  |  November 7, 2021
Rebecca Marvel

Rebecca Marvel

Born in 1806 and passing away in 1893, Rebecca (Barr) Marvel is an important person in Waynesville history. Rebecca, at just 18 years old in 1824, traveled from Gibson County, Indiana to Central Illinois. Here, Rebecca, her husband, her brother, and his wife settled down in what we now know as Waynesville, Illinois. For several years they were the only ones living in the area, living out of log cabins they had built for themselves. As the years went by more people joined the settlement and built a community.

Local News – Atlanta  |  November 7, 2021
Anniversary Open House

Anniversary Open House

The Gift Box will be celebrating their one year anniversary by hosting an open house on Saturday, November 14th between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Hourly door prizes, and free hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be offered.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  November 7, 2021
Board of Trustees Meeting

Board of Trustees Meeting

On Monday November 22nd, the Board of Trustees meeting is being held at Village Hall. The meeting will start at 7 P.M. and conclude when the board motions for adjournment.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  November 7, 2021
Murder Mystery Theater

Murder Mystery Theater

On Friday November 12th and Saturday the 13th, The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting a Murder Mystery Theater. Tickets are $47 + tax. Reservations required.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  November 7, 2021
Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day Ceremony

On Veterans Day - Thursday November 11th, a ceremony will be presented by the Mackinaw American Legion and Deer Creek American Legion at 11 A.M. at Veterans Park in Mackinaw. After the ceremony, a soup and sandwich lunch will be provided free of cost for Veterans and an $8 donation for Non-Veterans.

Local News – McLean  |  November 7, 2021
Annual Veteran's Day Dinner

Annual Veteran's Day Dinner

The McLean Legion Auxiliary will be hosting their annual Veterans’ Day dinner on Thursday, November 11, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Mount Hope Community Hall (104 N Clinton St, McLean).

Local News – Minier  |  November 7, 2021
Community Claus Spaghetti Dinner

Community Claus Spaghetti Dinner

Community Claus will be holding its annual Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 4:30-6:30 pm at St. John’s Fellowship Hall. Please use the link below to reserve your meal pick-up time.

Obituaries  |  November 7, 2021
Rachelle M. Nevius

Rachelle M. Nevius

Rachelle M. Nevius, 57, of McLean, passed away at her home on Sunday, October 31, 2021. 

Top Story  |  October 31, 2021
4 Arrested After Double Shooting

4 Arrested After Double Shooting

At 9:15 P.M. Friday October 22nd, Tazewell County police responded to a call originating from a home on American Legion Road, outside of Mackinaw. At the scene, officers found 2 gunshot victims - Rebecca Bolin (age 51) was dead on the scene while her husband, Douglas Bolin (age 52) was Life Flighted to OSF Medical Center in Peoria in critical condition. 3 teenagers were taken into custody by Saturday, October 23rd, and are all charged with First Degree Murder with Intent along with one count of Attempted First Degree Murder: Sage Raeuber (19), Nathaniel Maloney (18), and Andre Street (17).

Community Spotlight  |  October 31, 2021
Area Ghost Stories

Area Ghost Stories

Halloween fills the month of October with spooky decorations, scary films, and people itching to get in the Halloween spirit. With this comes ghost stories. You would be surprised at the number of ghost stories our local areas have. All of the stories I tell today are from the website Haunting Places where people can submit the lore of buildings and places. 

Community Spotlight  |  October 31, 2021
Halloween Events

Halloween Events

HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Local News – Armington  |  October 31, 2021
Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

The Armington Park District is hosting their 45th Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 6:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 6 at the park district facility on South Griffin Street in Armington. A free will offering will be accepted and the proceeds of the event benefit the programs of the Park District. Crafts, antique tractors and antique engines will also be on display. For more information call 309-824-6528.

Local News – Atlanta  |  October 31, 2021
Anniversary Open House

Anniversary Open House

The Gift Box will be celebrating their one year anniversary by hosting an open house on Saturday, November 14th between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Hourly door prizes, and free hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be offered.

Local News – Hopedale  |  October 31, 2021
HMC Visiting Restrictions

HMC Visiting Restrictions

Local News – Hopedale  |  October 31, 2021
Hopedale Rescue Open House

Hopedale Rescue Open House

Hopedale Rescue Squad will be Celebrating 50 years of service on November 7th with an Open House from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at the Hopedale Fire/Rescue Building.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  October 31, 2021
Costume Contest

Costume Contest

On Sunday October 31st, The Mackinaw Lions Club Costume Contest will be held at the Mackinaw Firehouse. Doors open at 3:00 P.M. Costume judging starts at 3:15 P.M.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  October 31, 2021
Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House

Sunday, November 14, The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting a Holiday Open House from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. This is a customer appreciation event - bring your friends and have fun making cork ornaments, shopping, live music, wine and some free food. Discounts on 6 and 12 bottles of wine will also be available.

Local News – McLean  |  October 31, 2021
Annual Veteran's Day Dinner

Annual Veteran's Day Dinner

The McLean Legion Auxiliary will be hosting their annual Veterans’ Day dinner on Thursday, November 11, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Mount Hope Community Hall (104 N Clinton St, McLean).

Local News – Minier  |  October 31, 2021
Community Claus Spaghetti Dinner

Community Claus Spaghetti Dinner

Community Claus will be holding its annual Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 4:30-6:30 pm at St. John’s Fellowship Hall. Please use the link below to reserve your meal pick-up time.

Obituaries  |  October 31, 2021
Loretta L. Darnall

Loretta L. Darnall

Loretta L. Darnall, of Hopedale, passed away on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at Hopedale Medical Complex.

Top Story  |  October 24, 2021
13 Days of Halloween

13 Days of Halloween

Starting on the 19th and going through the 31st, Atlanta is hosting a Halloween event with a multitude of activities, weekday events starting at 4 pm and Friday and Sunday events starting at 7 pm. Each night there is a different craft or activity that families can participate in, including pumpkin painting, trick or treat bag decorating, board games, and so much more. All of these events lead up to their main event being hosted on the 29th through the 31st, the Haunted Museum.      Christina Vannoy, the director of the Atlanta Public Library, and Julianna, the Programs Director at the library, are the two who have planned the majority of this event. They have also had help from Whitney Ortiz, Dale Colaw, Diane Devore, Jim Welchel, and a few volunteers. Both Christina and Julianna are really excited about the Haunted Museum. They said they had “a lot of fun researching the stories included in it, and [they’re] looking forward to sharing it with the community.” Christina is also excited to see what the kids create throughout the event and how creative they get with their arts and crafts.

Community Spotlight  |  October 24, 2021
Halloween Events

Halloween Events

HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Community Spotlight  |  October 24, 2021
A Brief History of Mackinaw

A Brief History of Mackinaw

In last week's edition, we took a quick look at Mackinaw history leading up to the 20th century. Which puts us in a perfect chronological position to discuss an incredibly important part of the town’s history: The Mackinaw Depot. Starting in 1895, local development of train lines began. By 1910, lines had been laid through Danville, Champaign, Decatur, Springfield, Bloomington, Peoria, and eventually St. Louis. Mackinaw, as residents could guess, was the stop between Peoria and Bloomington. Collectively, these tracks belonged to an entity known as “The Illinois Terminal Railroad System”.

Obituaries  |  October 24, 2021
Elmer K. Osborn

Elmer K. Osborn

Elmer K. Osborn, 100, of Lincoln, formerly of Waynesville, passed away on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 11:40 p.m. at Copper Creek Village in Lincoln.

Community Spotlight  |  October 24, 2021
WCC Youth Group ‘Soup Supper’ a Success

WCC Youth Group ‘Soup Supper’ a Success

The Waynesville Christian Church Youth Group hosted a ‘Soup Supper’ on Saturday, October 23rd between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. A donation was requested with proceeds going towards the youth service project of purchasing and installing a new flagpole at Gingerbread Park.

Local News – Armington  |  October 24, 2021
Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

The Armington Park District is hosting their 45th Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 6:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 6 at the park district facility on South Griffin Street in Armington. A free will offering will be accepted and the proceeds of the event benefit the programs of the Park District. Crafts, antique tractors and antique engines will also be on display. For more information call 309-824-6528.

Local News – Danvers  |  October 24, 2021
Exotic Animals Coming to Library

Exotic Animals Coming to Library

Wild Times Exotic Animals will be at the Historical Room of the Danvers Township Library on October 29th at 2:30 PM.  No food or drink are allowed at this event. 

Local News – Hopedale  |  October 24, 2021
Hopedale Rescue Open House

Hopedale Rescue Open House

Hopedale Rescue Squad will be Celebrating 50 years of service on November 7th with an Open House from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at the Hopedale Fire/Rescue Building.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  October 24, 2021
Hallo-wine DJ Dance Costume Party

Hallo-wine DJ Dance Costume Party

On Saturday October 30th, The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will host “Hallo-wine DJ Dance Costume Party & Salsa Lessons” from 7:30 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. Come for an hour of Salsa dance lessons at 7:30 P.M., followed by a dance party with awards for top costumes. $15 per person and reservations are strongly suggested. For reservations, call 309-359-9463

Local News – Mackinaw  |  October 24, 2021
NCBC Family Night

NCBC Family Night

Wednesday November 3rd at 5:00 P.M. The New Castle Bible Church will be hosting a Family Night until 7:30 P.M. Invite friends for dinner followed by age appropriate workshops. Awanas/ROOTED for the kids and young adults, and a parenting workshop for the adults.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  October 24, 2021
School Board Meeting

School Board Meeting

Thursday October 28th, the monthly school board meeting will be held at 7 P.M. Meetings are held at 401 E. 5th Street, Mackinaw.

Local News – McLean  |  October 24, 2021
Annual Veteran's Day Dinner

Annual Veteran's Day Dinner

The McLean Legion Auxiliary will be hosting their annual Veterans’ Day dinner on Thursday, November 11, 2021, from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Mount Hope Community Hall (104 N Clinton St, McLean). 

Local News – Stanford  |  October 24, 2021
Pecan Pie Muffins

Pecan Pie Muffins

Back by popular demand! After receiving a number of calls requesting that the Mail reprint this recipe, here is Shirley Peek's recipe for Pecan Pie Muffins.

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