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Top Story  |  July 17, 2022

The Mail Newspapers End Publishing

As of July 17, 2022, all ten community editions of the Mail Newspapers will cease operations. The Sunday, July 17 edition will be the final issue of the newspaper.  READ MORE...

Area Roundup  |  July 17, 2022
1 Way Kidz

1 Way Kidz

At the Mackinaw Community Center, New Castle Bible Church presents “1 Way Kidz”. Children in the Mackinaw area are invited to come hang out at the Community Center and enjoy games, activities, and friends. Kids will be well supervised and cared for in a safe environment with lunch included every day. This event runs every Monday and Wednesday from 10:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Registration is easy at myncbc.org.

Area Roundup  |  July 17, 2022
Concert in the Vineyards

Concert in the Vineyards

On Saturday, July 23rd, the Concert in the Vineyards Series presents “Sushi Roll”, a high energy cover band that plays everyone’s favorite hits from Bruno Mars to Rick Springfield. Concert starts at 7:00 P.M. and runs through until 11:00 P.M. No advance tickets, $10 per person at the door.

Area Roundup  |  July 17, 2022
Drizzledabs 3rd Annual Float

Drizzledabs 3rd Annual Float

On Saturday, July 30th at 10:30 A.M., starting at the Dee-Mack bridge is “Drizzledabs 3rd Annual Float". Floaters provide their own floats whether it be a tube, kayak, paddleboard, or canoe for a 3 hour float trip with shuttles provided. Floaters are then invited to Pub 52 for live entertainment, food and drink specials, 50/50 door prizes, and a grand prize drawing for a kayak. Registration can be found on Eventzilla.net.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  July 17, 2022
Lions Club and Dee-Mack Boosters Announce Golf Outing

Lions Club and Dee-Mack Boosters Announce Golf Outing

Grab your clubs and finest Higdon hat for the Mackinaw Lions Club Golf Outing at Quail Meadows Golf Course in Washington, on Saturday, August 13th. $90 per person covers green fees, a golf cart, and lunch at the course starting at 11:30 A.M. prior to tee off. Golfers can form their own team of 4 or sign up individually and be assigned to a team. 

Local News – Mackinaw  |  July 17, 2022
New Restaurant Opens in Mackinaw

New Restaurant Opens in Mackinaw

Mackinaw gained a new restaurant with the opening of Eddy’s Kitchen Family Restaurant on June 28th. Providing a wide variety of menu options for breakfast and lunch, local residents are sure to find something delectable that will make Eddy’s a community staple. Chef Eddy’s wife, Iris, tells The Mail how Eddy’s Kitchen Family Restaurant came to fruition. 

Area Roundup  |  July 17, 2022
Art Tuesday

Art Tuesday

The last Art Tuesday for the Atlanta Public Library will be next week! This Art Tuesday will occur on July 26th from 1-3 pm. Call the library at 217-648-2112 to pre-register for ages 5+.

Area Roundup  |  July 17, 2022
Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Christmas in July is happening this weekend on the 23rd and 24th! The event will take place on Arch Street in Atlanta. There will be decorations, food, and a huge vendor fair. Saturday hours are 10am-4pm and Sunday from 11am-4pm.

Area Roundup  |  July 17, 2022
Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Market

The farmer’s market in Hopedale opened on July 6th and will continue to occur on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For those who want to sell their own items, there will be no table fee so you are free to bring your own produce, crafts, baked goods, and so on. There will be weekly advertising for the market; new vendors are welcome to join weekly. If you have any questions or want to learn more you can message Barb Lawson on Facebook who is in charge of the market.

Area Roundup  |  July 17, 2022
9th Annual Route 66 Race

9th Annual Route 66 Race

The 9th Annual Route 66 Race will be on Saturday, August 27th. Participants will walk or run from Funks Grove to McLean in a benefit for the community of McLean. Many fun events and activities will be running throughout the day at the square too! The cost is $45, but to guarantee a t-shirt, you must sign up by August 1st. Registration is open to participate in the race online and via mail.

Area Roundup  |  July 17, 2022
Outdoor Track

Outdoor Track

The Mt. Hope Funks Grove Park District has recently installed an outdoor track. One lap around is ¼ mile. No motorized vehicles are allowed. Come out for a walk, jog, or run!

Area Roundup  |  July 17, 2022
Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed

Sonshine Daycare is looking for more fun things to do this summer with the kids! They are open to volunteers that would like to come in to read or color with the children for example. If you have a special talent or hobby you would like to showcase, feel free to contact Sonshine Daycare. If interested, call 309-874-2522.

Area Roundup  |  July 17, 2022
Bulldogs Futbol Club

Bulldogs Futbol Club

Registration for fall soccer at Bulldogs Futbol Club is now open to kids aged 4, or 3 year olds turning 4 on or before October 31, 2022, to 4th graders. Registration fees are $45 a player but if you have multiple players in the same household the fee will be discounted by $5 per player (2nd player is $40, 3rd is $35, etc). Game shirts are included in the fees as well. Practices for the season will be on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and will start on August 8th. Games will be on Saturday mornings at West Side Park in Minier and will begin on August 20th with the last game being scheduled for October 15th. More information and the link for registration can be found on the Bulldogs Futbol Club Facebook page and registration is due on July 27th.

Area Roundup  |  July 17, 2022
In-Person Story Hour

In-Person Story Hour

In-Person Story Hour at the H.A. Peine District Library for July is happening on Tuesday the 26th at 11:00 am. Like previous story times, those who want to attend should call the library at 309-392-3229 to register for a spot and bring a blanket to sit on while the stories are being read.

Area Roundup  |  July 17, 2022
VBS Registration

VBS Registration

The Minier Christian Church has opened up registration for their VBS event. Their VBS is for ages 3 up to those entering 6th grade. The event will run from July 18th to July 21st, Monday through Thursday, during the evening. In addition to this opportunity for kids, there is also an opportunity for those older to help out at the event and work as a helper. A background check is required to be a helper and supper is provided for helpers at the event. To both register and sign up to be a helper, you can visit the MCC Kids Facebook page and fill out the registration form linked on the page.

Area Roundup  |  July 17, 2022
Small Town Spirit-Benefit for Ron Wade

Small Town Spirit-Benefit for Ron Wade

Ron Wade, a lifelong resident of Stanford, has been dealing with severe health issues since early April. In an effort to help him and his family cover hospital bills and day-to-day expenses until he gets back to work there will be a fundraiser hosted at the Allin Township Community Building in Stanford. The fundraiser will host a silent auction, a bake sale, and a donation meal. This event is planned to occur on August 21st from 2:00 to 8:00 pm and more details on the event are to come.

Area Roundup  |  July 17, 2022
Teen Summer Art Club

Teen Summer Art Club

The Waynesville Library is having a Teen Summer Art Club on Tuesday, July 26th from 4-5 pm. Karen Sue Eilts will host a fun summer art project with snacks. Junior high and high school students are welcome.

Local News – Atlanta  |  July 17, 2022
Lincoln’s Legacy Free Event

Lincoln’s Legacy Free Event

The City of Atlanta, Illinois is excited to announce an Abraham Lincoln focused event, Lincoln’s Legacy. July 21 at 4:30pm inside Union Hall located at 114 SW Arch Street, Looking for Lincoln Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area will screen their new short film, 1875 Emancipation Celebration: A Grand Old-Style Barbeque in Atlanta, Illinois. Looking for Lincoln will give a short presentation and introduction to the film and film-making/research process, screen the film, and answer questions the audience may have. This event is free to attend.

Local News – Hopedale  |  July 17, 2022
Prahl & Horner Are Honored at Hopedale Medical Complex

Prahl & Horner Are Honored at Hopedale Medical Complex

Focused on patients, residents, staff and community, Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) Employees strive each day to advance the mission and vision that is rooted in the foundation of the medical complex. Each month, HMC Employee Empowerment hosts an awards ceremony for those employees, who are recognized by their peers, for the outstanding work that they are doing in one of the numerous departments that are a part of the HMC campus.

Local News – Stanford  |  July 17, 2022
Stanford Good Old Jubilee

Stanford Good Old Jubilee

On Saturday, July 16th Stanford and Allin Township came together to host Stanford Good Old Jubilee, a new installment of the old Stanford Good Old Days festival. This newly remodeled festival is different from the one of the past. For example, instead of occurring over three days the Stanford Good Old Jubilee festival occurred only on one day. Different activities were featured at the festival with things like the Quilt Show at the Church of God, a variety of entertainment at the pavilion, and activities at the Township Building such as TAPS. While there are many changes to the festival, things like the fireworks show, which is being put on by the same company hired in prior festivals, was similar to what attendees have seen in the past.

Local News – Waynesville  |  July 17, 2022
Waynesville Library’s Horse Program

Waynesville Library’s Horse Program

At the beginning of the month, the Waynesville Library had a horse program open to the public.The horse program was organized as part of the summer reading program. The Waynesville Library is taking place in Off the Beaten Path - Camp IREAD.

Top Story  |  July 10, 2022
A Night Out With the Stanford Police

A Night Out With the Stanford Police

Honestly, I was a bit surprised to receive an invite for a ride-along from Stanford Police Chief Dustin Carter. While Chief Carter has shown himself to be more than willing to work with local media - I’ve spoken with him a few different times on past articles - it’s quite the jump to go from answering press questions over email to inviting the local media into a squad vehicle to see what police see. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity. After finalizing a date and then having to take a rain check due to my pesky full time job, we settled on meeting at the Stanford Town Hall at 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 2nd.

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
Art and Wine Festival

Art and Wine Festival

Sunday, July 17th, The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting their Art and Wine Festival from 12:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. Cars of all kinds will be available for viewing, crafts, and live music.

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
Community Church in the Park

Community Church in the Park

Community Church in the Park: Hosted by New Castle Bible Church in Mackinaw's Veterans Park at 100 East Fast Avenue on Sunday, July 17th. Service starts at 11:00 A.M. Bring a lawn chair!

Local News – Mackinaw  |  July 10, 2022
Dee-Mack Wrestling Hosts Open Gym Nights

Dee-Mack Wrestling Hosts Open Gym Nights

In preparation for a rapidly approaching wrestling season, the Dee-Mack wrestling program has decided to host “Open Gym Practices” every Tuesday and Thursday this summer, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. During the open gym practices, aspiring wrestlers of any age and ability level will have the opportunity to practice with both senior wrestlers and Dee-Mack coaches. Practices will run like a typical practice during the wrestling season and will consist of a warm up routine and then work on basic fundamentals of the sport.

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
Good Pantry Days

Good Pantry Days

Wednesday evenings are Good Pantry Days at the Mackinaw Community Center from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Donation drop offs are also accepted during this time.

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
Mack-a-Fest Begins

Mack-a-Fest Begins

The Mack-A-Fest begins on July 14th at 5:00 P.M. and ends Saturday, July 16th at 10:00 P.M. Dozens of activities will be available, as well as a food vendor and beer tent. Don't miss out!

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
Armington Village Board Meeting

Armington Village Board Meeting

The monthly board meeting for the Village of Armington will be held on July 13th. This is located at 103 N. Main Street at 6:30 pm. For questions contact the Armington Village Clerk.

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
Art Tuesdays

Art Tuesdays

The Atlanta Public Library will be having Art Tuesdays for ages 5+. Art Tuesday will occur on July 12th and 26th from 1-3 pm. Call the library at 217-648-2112 to pre-register.

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Christmas in July is happening on the 23rd and 24th! The event will take place on Arch Street in Atlanta. There will be decorations, food, and a huge vendor fair. Saturday hours are 10am-4pm and Sunday from 11am-4pm.

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
July Story and Craft

July Story and Craft

The Danvers Township Library will host their July Story and Craft on Tuesday, July 12th. The Story and Craft will start at 10:00 am and will have a balloon theme. A couple of books about balloons will be read and then attendees will be able to make their own Balloon Buddies.

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Market

The farmer’s market in Hopedale opened on July 6th and will continue to occur on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For those who want to sell their own items, there will be no table fee so you are free to bring your own produce, crafts, baked goods, and so on. There will be weekly advertising for the market; new vendors are welcome to join weekly. If you have any questions or want to learn more you can message Barb Lawson on Facebook who is in charge of the market.

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
Friday Game Night

Friday Game Night

Every Friday night, a game night will be hosted at the Hopedale Community Center at 6:00 pm. There will be many games to play and it is open for anyone who wants to join in on the fun. All you have to do is let Beau Baker know that you’ll be there in order to attend.

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
Hopedale Area Veterans Memorial Fundraiser

Hopedale Area Veterans Memorial Fundraiser

On Monday, July 11th at the Pizza Ranch in Morton the 2022 Hopedale Area Veterans Memorial fundraiser will be hosted from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. All tips and 10% of the profits will go towards the upkeep of the Hopedale Area Veterans Memorial. Make sure to arrive at 5:00 pm or later, not earlier, as the event will start exactly at 5:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community and enjoy a delicious pizza buffet.

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
Micki’s Hopedale Cruise

Micki’s Hopedale Cruise

The Hardesty Company will be hosting, in partnership with Micki’s Farm to Table, Micki’s Hopedale Cruise on July 16th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. This event has free admission and any toys are welcome with some examples being cars, trucks, boats, planes, bicycles, and motorcycles. There will be no judging or trophies at the event. In addition, the Willis Snowmobile Museum will be open for visitors at the event to view over 150 sleds in their 3-story building. Micki’s Farm to Table will be serving their regular menu at the event as well. If you have any questions or want to learn more you can do so by emailing Hardestycompany@gmail.com

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
McLean Community VBS

McLean Community VBS

McLean Community VBS is from July 11-15th from 6-8 pm. VBS will be held at the Village Park. The theme is Castle of Courage. There will be plenty of lessons, skits, crafts, games, music, and snacks during the week. Registration forms can be found online or at local city buildings. Pre-registration is requested, but not required.

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

The Village of McLean’s monthly board meeting will be on July 11th at 7 pm. This meeting will be held at the Village of McLean Office Building. All are welcome to attend.

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
Comfort & Care Group

Comfort & Care Group

The next Comfort & Care group will meet Thursday, July 14th at 6:30 pm. This takes place at the Waynesville UMC. For more information, please contact Cindy White.

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
Library Make and Take

Library Make and Take

The Waynesville Library will have a Doterra Essential Oils Make and Take on Tuesday, July 12th from 6-7:30 pm. Kelly Byrd will be teaching how to make roller bottles of essential oils to improve one's health. Other topics of discussion include immunity, tummy and respiratory relief, sleep, and calming.

Area Roundup  |  July 10, 2022
Teen Summer Art Club

Teen Summer Art Club

The Waynesville Library is having a Teen Summer Art Club on Tuesday, July 12th and 26th from 4-5 pm. Snacks will be provided and all teens are welcome to attend.

Local News – Danvers  |  July 10, 2022
Danvers Launches New Website

Danvers Launches New Website

Recently a new website for the Village of Danvers has been created offering a new place to learn more about the town and upcoming events. The new website opens up with a short description of the town, its population, and where it is located. Contact information is provided such as the Danvers Village Hall, the Danvers Water Emergency, Danvers Police Station, and Danvers Fire and Rescue contact info as well as many other important groups' contact info. Also provided under the contact info page is a map of the Village including links to local weather and village data info.

Local News – McLean  |  July 10, 2022
Get Your 6.6 on Route 66

Get Your 6.6 on Route 66

Instead of Get Your Kicks on Route 66, Get Your 6.6 on Route 66 this year! The 9th Annual Route 66 race is occurring on Saturday, August 27th. The CORE of McLean sponsors the event as a nonprofit organization. All proceeds go to benefit the community of McLean, IL.

Area Roundup  |  July 3, 2022
1Way Kidz

1Way Kidz

Beginning July 6th, from 10:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Mackinaw area kids are encouraged to hang out at the Mackinaw Community Center for games, activities, bible lessons, and socializing. Kids will be well-supervised in a safe environment. Lunch is provided and it’s all free. Register at MyNCBC.org

Area Roundup  |  July 3, 2022
Fireworks at Brock Lake

Fireworks at Brock Lake

July 4th fireworks will be at Brock Lake starting around dusk. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and enjoy the show!

Area Roundup  |  July 3, 2022
Mackinaw Valley Wine Run 5k

Mackinaw Valley Wine Run 5k

Sunday, July 24th, the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting The Mackinaw Valley Wine Run 5k at 9:00 A.M. Whether you love running, walking, or wine, this event is for you. More details can be found on the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard website.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  July 3, 2022
Offering Help for Those in Need

Offering Help for Those in Need

When it comes to helping local residents in need, the Mackinaw Community Center Food Pantry is stepping in to help in a big way. Located in the Mackinaw Community Center at 101 S. Orchard St, the organization is currently ramping up their efforts as need in the community grows. This week, pantry board members invited The Mail to come down and check out their operation in the hopes of getting the word out about the big plans that are in the works.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  July 3, 2022
Staycation Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

Staycation Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

During a time when the price of, well, pretty much everything keeps increasing, many families find themselves feeling like long and luxurious vacations are simply out of the picture. Instead, many families are opting for a “staycation” - a smaller trip, or multiple small trips, closer to home. A staycation can drastically cut the cost of fuel and lodging, while also providing an opportunity to learn about the places that are closer to home that one might otherwise have passed up. If you’re feeling like that trip to the Gulf of Mexico or beyond just isn’t in the budget this year, here are some ideas for smaller trips within state lines:

Area Roundup  |  July 3, 2022
Golf Scramble

Golf Scramble

The Atlanta Golf Scramble will be at the North Greens Golf Course on Saturday, July 23rd. Four people will be on each team. The registration deadline is July 10th. There is a team fee, including lunch and the golf cart rental. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place teams. More information can be found on the Atlanta Christmas Celebration Facebook page.

Area Roundup  |  July 3, 2022
Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Market

A farmer’s market in Hopedale will be opening up on July 6th and will occur on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For those who want to sell their own items, there will be no table fee so you are free to bring your own produce, crafts, baked goods, and so on. There will be weekly advertising for the market and new vendors are welcome to join weekly. If you have any questions or want to learn more you can message Barb Lawson on Facebook who is in charge of the market.

Area Roundup  |  July 3, 2022
Game Night

Game Night

Every Friday night, a game night will be hosted at the Hopedale Community Center at 6:00 pm. There will be many games to play and it is open for anyone who wants to join in on the fun. All you have to do is let Beau Baker know that you’ll be there in order to attend.

Area Roundup  |  July 3, 2022
Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike

Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike

The Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike will take place on July 4th from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm during the Hopedale 4th of July Celebration. The hike is for veterans, active duty, national guard, and reservists only. The hike intends to bring veterans together using humor and camaraderie to improve mental health and prevent veteran suicide. To create this environment, civilians aren’t allowed on the hike. To get a ticket to this event you can visit the Irreverent Warriors Facebook page at Irreverent Warriors Hopedale, IL. Tickets are $5 plus a $1.94 fee for hikers if they wish to donate to the cause and free for those who don’t. Donations are open to the public so if anyone wishes to donate they can visit the same site to do so.

Area Roundup  |  July 3, 2022
Lion's Club Annual Car Show

Lion's Club Annual Car Show

The Lions Club will be hosting their Annual Car Show at the 4th of July Celebration in Hopedale. The show will be at Park Drive and you should enter off of Hittle Road. Registration for the show will be from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm and then voting will be from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. The cost to enter is $12 and will also include two 50/50 raffle tickets. The awards for the show will be Best of Show, Most Patriotic, Best Street Rod (Pre ’49), Best Street Machine (‘49 and newer), Fabulous 4 Door, Best Import, and Top Truck. Awards will be presented at around 3:30 pm.

Area Roundup  |  July 3, 2022
Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

On Saturday, July 2nd the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their annual Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k. This 5k Run/Walk will honor U.S. Marine Major Reid B. Nannen, a Hopedale native, who gave his life in service while training at TOPGUN NAS in Fallon, Nevada on March 1st, 2014. Registration is available through either the Hopedale Wellness Center’s website or on their Facebook page. Volunteers for the race are also wanted and if you are interested there is a SignUp Genius link on the Hopedale Wellness Center Facebook page where you can learn more and sign up to help out.

Area Roundup  |  July 3, 2022
McLean Community VBS

McLean Community VBS

McLean Community VBS is from July 11-15th from 6-8 pm. VBS will be held at the Village Park. The theme is Castle of Courage. There will be plenty of lessons, skits, crafts, games, music, and snacks during the week. Registration forms can be found online or at local city buildings. Pre-registration is requested, but not required.

Area Roundup  |  July 3, 2022
Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

The Village of McLean’s monthly board meeting will be on July 11th at 7 pm. This meeting will be held at the Village of McLean Office Building. All are welcome to attend.

Area Roundup  |  July 3, 2022
Positions Open

Positions Open

The Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Library has multiple positions available. They are seeking a library director, custodian, and part-time library clerk. Wages will be based on experience and qualifications. If interested, email a cover letter and resume to dhdoty@frontier.com.

Area Roundup  |  July 3, 2022
Youth Nature Photography

Youth Nature Photography

Sugar Grove Nature Center is hosting Youth Nature Photography on Friday, July 8th from 9-11:30 am. John Tobias will be teaching students how to use the features of a camera to take pictures of real world nature! Make sure to bring a digital camera, not a cell phone camera. The program is for ages 10-16 and costs $15 for members and $18 for non-members. The registration link can be found on the Sugar Grove Nature Center Facebook page.

Area Roundup  |  July 3, 2022
Library Make and Take

Library Make and Take

The Waynesville Library will have a Doterra Essential Oils Make and Take on Tuesday, July 12th from 6-7:30 pm. Kelly Byrd will be teaching how to make roller bottles of essential oils to improve one's health. Other topics of discussion include immunity, tummy and respiratory relief, sleep, and calming.

Local News – Atlanta  |  July 3, 2022
Atlanta Celebrates Christmas in July

Atlanta Celebrates Christmas in July

It’s about Christmas time… for July. Christmas in July is happening in Atlanta this year on July 23 & 24. Saturday it is from 10 am-4 pm and Sunday from 11 am-4 pm. This event is being run at the same time with the 2nd Annual Market Weekend on Route 66. Right in downtown Atlanta the streets will be decorated for Christmas. The tourism director, Whitney Ortiz, writes “it is all like Christmas, just without the cold & snow.” The specific location is Arch Street, known as the former U.S. Route 66. 

Top Story  |  June 26, 2022
Police Respond to Attempted Child Abduction

Police Respond to Attempted Child Abduction

Residents of Armington were shaken up last week with reports of an attempted child abduction on Wednesday, June 16th. A social media post gained area-wide attention stating that an officer from the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department had approached residents seeking information relating to the incident that happened in the town park. While details on the incident are sparse at this time, one source familiar with the investigation tells The Mail that multiple police agencies responded to the area to investigate the report.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  June 26, 2022
Food Banks Help Address Summer Hunger

Food Banks Help Address Summer Hunger

Schools may be out of session and concerns about grades may be temporarily abated, for many students, this is the season of “Summer Hunger”. For kids who rely on school meals for the majority of their nourishment during the school year, summer can quickly turn into 3 months of hunger and tension. Past research shows that family grocery costs can increase as much as $300 a month during the summer. In the Summer of 2022, one might expect those increased costs to rise even further, leaving many low-income families in a precarious situation.

Area Roundup  |  June 26, 2022
JFL Cheer Camp

JFL Cheer Camp

Tuesday, July 5th, at 5:30 P.M. through July 8th at 7:30 P.M. The Dee Mack JFL Cheer Camp is being held at Brock Lake. For complete information, contact Mindy Marshall at mindy61554@gmail.com

Area Roundup  |  June 26, 2022
Legion Presents Craig Gerdes

Legion Presents Craig Gerdes

Starting at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 30, The American Legion presents the music of Craig Gerdes. No cover to attend.

Area Roundup  |  June 26, 2022
Vineyard Concert Series

Vineyard Concert Series

Saturday, July 9th, from 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard presents “Revel in Red” as part of their Summer Concert Series. $5 per person, 12 and under are free.

Area Roundup  |  June 26, 2022
Atlanta Fireworks

Atlanta Fireworks

There will be 4th of July Fireworks at the Atlanta Ball Diamond on July 2nd.

Area Roundup  |  June 26, 2022
Storytime Mondays

Storytime Mondays

During the summer, the Atlanta Public Library is having Storytime Mondays. This event will be held every Monday at 11 am until August 1st.

Area Roundup  |  June 26, 2022
Harriet Tubman Speaker

Harriet Tubman Speaker

On Tuesday, June 28th the Danvers Township Library will be having a Harriet Tubman character speaker at the Historical Society. While this event is a part of their Summer Reading Program, they are welcoming any member of the community to join. The event will start at 10:00 am and is a great opportunity for kids in and out of the Summer Reading Program to learn a little more about history.

Area Roundup  |  June 26, 2022
Hopedale Carnival Tickets

Hopedale Carnival Tickets

The Hopedale 4th of July Carnival is coming up soon and tickets for the event are now available. The tickets are $10 for a strip of five with one ticket being required per ride. The tickets can be found and purchased at the Hopedale Bank, the Hopedale Agri Center, and the Village Flower in Minier. Once the event starts tickets will be $3 each so make sure to purchase tickets now to get the best deal.

Area Roundup  |  June 26, 2022
Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

On Saturday, July 2nd the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their annual Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k. This 5k Run/Walk will honor U.S. Marine Major Reid B. Nannen, a Hopedale native, who gave his life in service while training at TOPGUN NAS in Fallon, Nevada on March 1st, 2014. Registration is available through either the Hopedale Wellness Center’s website or on their Facebook page. Volunteers for the race are also wanted and if you are interested there is a SignUp Genius link on the Hopedale Wellness Center Facebook page where you can learn more and sign up to help out.

Area Roundup  |  June 26, 2022
McLean Community VBS

McLean Community VBS

The McLean Community VBS is coming up soon through July 11-15. They are still in need of some items for the week including, crowns, medieval costumes, table cloths, and string lights. Please contact Pastor Tami at the office(309-874-2564) to help out.

Area Roundup  |  June 26, 2022
Nature Center Camp

Nature Center Camp

Sugar Grove Nature Center is having “Eagles & Hawks & Owls, Oh My!” camp for 8-12 year olds. This will run from 10 am-3 pm on June 28, 29, 30. Special guest, Tamara Hanley of Fractured Feathers Wildlife Rehab will also be there. Registration is available on the website or by emailing mariah@sugargrovenaturecenter.org.

Area Roundup  |  June 26, 2022
Last Summer Reading Program at Minier Library

Last Summer Reading Program at Minier Library

The H.A. Peine District Library will be hosting its last Summer Reading Program of the year on June, 29th. The theme of this program will be a fun day and will be hosted at West Park in Minier unless it rains which will mean the program will be moved inside to the Faith Fellowship Hall. Just like the other programs throughout the summer this program will be from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Area Roundup  |  June 26, 2022
Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social

To kick off summer, there will be an ice cream social at Gingerbreak Park from 7-8pm on Sunday, June 26th. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy some ice cream and cookies. This also gives students the opportunity to sign up for VBS!

Area Roundup  |  June 26, 2022
Waynesville Community VBS

Waynesville Community VBS

Lava Lava Luau Vacation Bible School will take place at the Waynesville UMC from 6-8 pm each night from June 27-30. The lesson focuses on controlling personal emotions with God’s help geared towards Preschool-6th grade. There will be skits, games, snacks, crafts, and music. Pre-registration is encouraged on the Facebook page or by contacting Pastor Tami.

Local News – Stanford  |  June 26, 2022
The Stanford Sportsman Club

The Stanford Sportsman Club

Founded in 1957 the Stanford Sportsman Club consists of two fishing lakes that have almost 5 acres of fishable space. Bill Haynes represents the Club as President, Gary Hawkins as acting Secretary/Treasurer, and Johnny Greathouse, Brain Park, Dave Able, and Jo Beth Smith as Board Members. While the club offers the lake properties for members to fish it also offers camping and picnicking for the whole family to have fun.

State News  |  June 26, 2022
Audit Finds Billions in Unemployment Fraud

Audit Finds Billions in Unemployment Fraud

SPRINGFIELD – A state audit released Thursday found nearly $2 billion in federal money intended to help unemployed Illinoisans during the pandemic was lost to fraudulent claims in Illinois.

Top Story  |  June 19, 2022
Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate fatherhood and honor fathers and father influences many have had in their lives. Despite the day’s long history globally, albeit in different forms and names, the United States' first celebration was on June 19th, 1910 in the state of Washington. While this was the first day it was celebrated in the country the holiday wouldn’t become a nationwide holiday until 1972, some 58 years after Mother’s day had become a national holiday.

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Back Seat Radio Plays the Vineyard

Back Seat Radio Plays the Vineyard

Saturday, June 25th, the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard presents Backseat Radio as part of their Concert in the Vineyard Series. Backseat Radio provides high energy dancing music with their mix of Pop and Rock hits. Admission is $5 per person while free for those 12 and younger.

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Benefit for Brian Waldon

Benefit for Brian Waldon

Saturday, July 9th, the Deer Creek American Legion is hosting a benefit for Brian Waldon. Brian lost his eyesight after 2 strokes last fall and will need long term care. The action starts at 1:00 P.M. and will continue until at least 11:00 P.M

Local News – Mackinaw  |  June 19, 2022
Community Rallies for Team Reed

Community Rallies for Team Reed

In April 2019, Reed Fry was diagnosed with cancer. With local communities rallying around the young man, Reed fought against his ailment and eventually won. Last month, the 13 year old and his family received more bad news: Reed’s cancer is back. In light of the news, local communities once again rally around the Fry family in an attempt to make Reed’s fight as comfortable as possible. 

Local News – Mackinaw  |  June 19, 2022
Teen Assailants Appear Before Judge

Teen Assailants Appear Before Judge

The alleged teen assailants in the assault against Danny Hale in the Mackinaw Casey’s parking lot that occurred on the evening of May 12th have had their first appearance in court last week. 4 adult teens were arrested by Mackinaw Police following the alleged assault, along with an unnamed teenage minor. The 4 adults: Blake Huffman, Ryan Robertson, Jorge Santana, and Jacob Ragon were transported to the Tazewell County Jail and charged with Mob Action and Aggravated Battery of a Senior Citizen, the last charge could possibly be upgraded to a Class 2 Felony.

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
VBS at NCBC

VBS at NCBC

Hey, kids! Grab your sunnies (that's your sunglasses) and your mates (those are your friends) and join us for a bonzer (awesome) week! We’re off to Australia, where we’ll explore the wonder of God’s amazing creation. There’ll be games, cool contests, fun crafts, plenty of treats, and lots of great music. Best of all, we’ll discover what the Bible has to say about how incredibly valuable each of us is to God.. From the tiniest to the oldest, we are made in the image of God and designed to know and live for him. Don’t wait, mate! Learn more at MyNCBC.org

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Community Breakfast

Community Breakfast

Because there was such a great turn out the first time, the Armington Village Board has decided to have another Community Breakfast. Please join your neighbors at the community building on June 25th between the hours of 7-11am for pancakes and biscuit and sausage gravy. Donations only.

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Art Tuesdays

Art Tuesdays

The Atlanta Public Library will be having Art Tuesdays for ages 5+. The dates are June 14th and 21st and then July 12th and 26th from 1-3 pm. Call 217-648-2112 to pre-register. 

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Storytime Mondays

Storytime Mondays

During the summer, the Atlanta Public Library is having Storytime Mondays. This event will be held every Monday at 11 am from June 13th to August 1st.

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
An Evening With Chef Kwame Owuachi

An Evening With Chef Kwame Owuachi

On Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 pm the Danvers Township Library will be hosting an evening with chef Kwame Owuachi. Chef Kwame is a James Beard Award-winning chef born on Long Island and raised in New York City, Nigeria, and Louisiana. He was trained at the Culinary Institute of America and opened five restaurants before turning thirty. Chef Kwame has also been named “Food and Wine’s” Best New Chef 2019 and a 30 Under 30 honoree by both “Zagat” and Forbes”. The evening will consist of chef Kwame speaking about his cookbook “My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef” and the importance of the connections between cuisine, place, and culture.

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Butterfly Tents at Danvers Township Library

Butterfly Tents at Danvers Township Library

The Danvers Township Library has been hosting its summer reading program over the past couple of weeks and now another session is coming up on June 24th. This session is hosting Absolute Science which will be setting up butterfly tents in the park for kids to learn, explore, and get up close to various species of butterflies. The session will begin at 10:00 am and be held at the Danvers park. This is a fun and interactive event that all kids are sure to enjoy so make sure to stop by.

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Carnival Ticket Sales

Carnival Ticket Sales

Hopedale 4th of July pre-carnival tickets are now available for sale at Hopedale Bank, Hopedale Agri Center, and Village Flowers in Minier. Get a strip of 5 tickets for only $10. Tickets will be $3 each during the celebration.

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Fourth of July Celebration Volunteers

Fourth of July Celebration Volunteers

It is getting close to the big Hopedale 4th of July Celebration. To make this successful we need volunteers to help with carnival ticket sales. The Celebration is July 2nd 5 - 9 pm, July 3rd 5 - 9 pm, and July 4th 12 - 9 pm. It would be great if you would give a couple hours of your time to help make this celebration successful! Thank you! If you have any questions please contact Amber Myers.

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

On Saturday, July 2nd the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their annual Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k. This 5k Run/Walk will honor U.S. Marine Major Reid B. Nannen, a Hopedale native, who gave his life in service while training at TOPGUN NAS in Fallon, Nevada on March 1, 2014. For a limited time registration for the race is only $30 so sign up as soon as you can before the deal is gone. You can do this through either the Hopedale Wellness Center’s website or on their Facebook page. You must be registered by June 12th to be guaranteed your shirt size and after this date, it will be first come first serve based on availability.

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Outdoor Live Music

Outdoor Live Music

The Hopedale Mennonite Church will be hosting a live music event on June 24th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. The music will be playing outside of the church on the front driveway and will feature blues, country, folk, oldies, bluegrass, and gospel mix played by the “Hopedale Road” trio. This will be a fun event for all and if you are interested bring a chair, invite some friends to come with you, and bring some food and drinks to enjoy the show.

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Run Like a Girl

Run Like a Girl

Run Like a Girl at the Hopedale Wellness Center is back! This is a great opportunity for girls in 6th to 8th grade to learn more about running and get to speak and learn from experienced runners. The event will be on June 28th, 29th, and 30th from 10:00 to 11:30 am. It will begin with a warm-up session, then attendees will go through drills and activities that focus on skill and technique, and at the end, they will go through a proper cool down and stretching routine with time for a Q&A. Registration is due by June 24th to secure your spot and you can do so either at the Wellness Center front desk or by calling the Wellness Center at 309-449-4500

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day Celebration

The Independence Day Celebration at the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District is on Saturday, June 25th from 4 pm to dusk. There will be plenty of food, inflatables, games, music, door prizes, face painting, Fireworks, and more!

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Sounds of the Beaten Path

Sounds of the Beaten Path

The Bloomington Public Library is partnering with Sugar Grove Nature Center to put on the Sounds of the Beaten Path event. You will learn about the sounds of nature and take a hike to listen to all of them. Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing for a walk in the woods and bring along a water bottle. Registration is required by calling 309-590-6168 and talking to the Adult Services Desk at the library. This event takes place at the Nature Center on Friday, June 24th at 2 pm.

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Blood Drive

Blood Drive

On June 25th, there will be a Blood Drive at the Waynesville United Methodist Church from 9 am-1 pm. You may schedule yourself on redcrossblood.org or call Sherie Ross at 217-949-3681. Make sure to bring a photo ID and your blood donor card.

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Senior Day Lunch

Senior Day Lunch

The Waynesville Christian Church will have a day for the seniors on Tuesday, June 21st at 11 am. The discussion topic is “Seed of Faith.” Food will be served and on the menu is chicken pie bubble casserole.

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Teen Summer Art Club

Teen Summer Art Club

The Waynesville Library is having a Teen Summer Art Club on Tuesday, June 21st at 2 pm. Karen Sue Eilts will host a fun summer art project with snacks. Junior high and high school students are welcome.

Area Roundup  |  June 19, 2022
Waynesville Vacation Bible School

Waynesville Vacation Bible School

Lava Lava Luau Vacation Bible School will take place at the Waynesville UMC from 6-8 pm each night from June 27-30. The lesson focuses on controlling personal emotions with God’s help geared towards Preschool-6th grade. There will be skits, games, snacks, crafts, and music. Pre-registration is encouraged on the Facebook page or by contacting Pastor Tami.

Local News – Armington  |  June 19, 2022
Armington Christian Church Hosts Vacation Bible School

Armington Christian Church Hosts Vacation Bible School

The Armington Christian Church just recently had their Vacation Bible School. They invited all children to attend and learn about God. To hear about what went on during VBS, I interviewed Pastor Tyler Escoubas. 

Top Story  |  June 12, 2022
Local Resident Takes Ride on Honor Flight

Local Resident Takes Ride on Honor Flight

Waynesville native Al Furman was recently recognized for his service to the country by a group known as the Honor Flight Network. The national group selects men and women who have served in the U.S. military, and flies them to Washington D.C. for an exciting day seeing the nation’s memorials and experiencing the gratitude and appreciation of a thankful country. “I’d been asked to go in the past”, Al tells The Mail, “but I’d always thought it was more appropriate to let the ‘older guys’ go ahead of me. But, I’m 81 now. So I guess it was just my turn.”

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Benefit for Brian Waldon

Benefit for Brian Waldon

On Saturday, July 9th, from 1:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. A benefit is being held for local resident Brian Waldon at The Deer Creek American Legion. Come enjoy live music, a bags tournament, and raffle drawings. 

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Concert in the Vineyard

Concert in the Vineyard

Saturday, June 17th, at 7:00 P.M. The Mackinaw Valley Vineyards presents Jammsammich for their 2nd “Concert in the Vineyard” event. No advance ticket sales, pay at the door.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  June 12, 2022
Local Group Takes Aim at Windmill Farms

Local Group Takes Aim at Windmill Farms

Tazewell County residents gathered at the Tazewell County Justice Center in Pekin on Wednesday and Thursday of last week to voice their opposition to the proposed windmill farms, known as the Rail Splitter 2. Since the proposal of the windmill farm, an opposition group has formed, known as the United Citizens of Tazewell County (UCTC). As part of their efforts, the UCTC has hired counsel who was allowed 90 minutes to make opening statements on Tuesday evening. During that time, the attorney spoke about the important issues as seen by UCTC. In short, these issues come down to the distance between homes and each individual windmill, along with wanting improvements made to sound limits, shadow flickers which results in a strobe light effect to those who may live in the shadows of windmills, along with addressing the red strobe lights that rest atop the windmills. The group hopes to succeed in being granted a moratorium on development, to grant more time for further research into the impact the windmill farm will have on local residents.

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Paint With Tony

Paint With Tony

Thursday, June 23rd, the Mackinaw Public Library presents “Paint with Tony”, a night of painting with local artist Tony Johnson. The event is being held at the Mackinaw Community Center and starts at 6:30 P.M.

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Community Breakfast

Community Breakfast

Because there was such a great turn out the first time, the Armington Village Board has decided to have another Community Breakfast. Please join your neighbors at the community building on June 25th between the hours of 7-11am for pancakes and biscuit and sausage gravy. Donations only.

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Art Tuesdays

Art Tuesdays

The Atlanta Public Library will be having Art Tuesdays for ages 5+. The dates are June 14th and 21st and then July 12th and 26th from 1-3 pm. Call 217-648-2112 to pre-register. 

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Cars & Coffee

Cars & Coffee

Coming up on Saturday, June 18th is another Cars & Coffee for the Logan County Route 66 Days. Join the club on Arch Street between 8-10 am to pick up the challenge cards! 

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Storytime Mondays

Storytime Mondays

During the summer, the Atlanta Public Library is having Storytime Mondays. This event will be held every Monday at 11 am from June 13th to August 1st.

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
An Evening With Chef Kwame Owuachi

An Evening With Chef Kwame Owuachi

On Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 pm the Danvers Township Library will be hosting an evening with chef Kwame Owuachi. Chef Kwame is a James Beard Award-winning chef born on Long Island and raised in New York City, Nigeria, and Louisiana. He was trained at the Culinary Institute of America and opened five restaurants before turning thirty. Chef Kwame has also been named “Food and Wine’s” Best New Chef 2019 and a 30 Under 30 honoree by both “Zagat” and Forbes”. The evening will consist of chef Kwame speaking about his cookbook “My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef” and the importance of the connections between cuisine, place, and culture.

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Campaign Kick Off Rally

Campaign Kick Off Rally

The Bailey/Trussell  campaign for Governor and Lt. Governor will be launching their final bus tour of the primary this Sunday in Effingham. The candidates will be stopping in all 102 counties in 14 days, including a stop in Tazewell County on June 20th at Pub 29 located at 6031 State Route 29 in Green Valley beginning at 2:45 PM.

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Fourth of July in Hopedale

Fourth of July in Hopedale

The Hopedale’s 4th of July Celebration in Hopedale is getting closer and in order to have a successful festival, they are looking for volunteers to help with carnival ticket sales. The Celebration is on July 2nd and 3rd from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and on July 4th from 12:00 to 9:00 pm. If you can volunteer a couple of hours of your time it would be greatly appreciated and help the festival stay up and running successfully. If you have any questions contact Amber Myers.

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

On Saturday, July 2nd the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their annual Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k. This 5k Run/Walk will honor U.S. Marine Major Reid B. Nannen, a Hopedale native, who gave his life in service while training at TOPGUN NAS in Fallon, Nevada on March 1, 2014. For a limited time registration for the race is only $30 so sign up as soon as you can before the deal is gone. You can do this through either the Hopedale Wellness Center’s website or on their Facebook page. You must be registered by June 12th to be guaranteed your shirt size and after this date, it will be first come first serve based on availability.

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Run Like a Girl

Run Like a Girl

Run Like a Girl at the Hopedale Wellness Center is back! This is a great opportunity for girls in 6th to 8th grade to learn more about running and get to speak and learn from experienced runners. The event will be on June 28th, 29th, and 30th from 10:00 to 11:30 am. It will begin with a warm-up session, then attendees will go through drills and activities that focus on skill and technique, and at the end, they will go through a proper cool down and stretching routine with time for a Q&A. Registration is due by June 24th to secure your spot and you can do so either at the Wellness Center front desk or by calling the Wellness Center at 309-449-4500

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Soccer Skills Clinic

Soccer Skills Clinic

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting a 4-week soccer skills clinic through June and July. The clinic will focus on dribbling, passing, shooting, and ball control. The goal is by the end of the clinic attendees will have improved their soccer skills and feel confident in their abilities. There will be three sessions to attend based on skill level; advanced, intermediate, and beginner. The advanced sessions will begin Monday, June 13th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, the intermediate on Wednesday, June 15th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, and the beginner session on Saturday, June 18th from 9:00 to 10:00 am. To register either visit the Wellness Center front desk or call them at 309-449-4500.

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day Celebration

The Independence Day Celebration at the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District is on Saturday, June 25th from 4 pm to dusk. There will be plenty of food, inflatables, games, music, door prizes, face painting, Fireworks, and more!

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Summer Reading Event

Summer Reading Event

This Wednesday is the H.A. Peine Library's next Summer Reading event!  Join us and the Olympia Pacesetters 4-H Club for a fun time!

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Quilt Show

Quilt Show

The Stanford Church of God will be hosting a Quilt Show as part of the summer festival on July 16th!  Anyone in the area is welcome to bring a quilt to display...please share with others who might be interested! Please contact Lauren Gibson at (309) 826-1848 if you have quilts you would like to display.

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Blood Drive

Blood Drive

On June 25th, there will be a Blood Drive at the Waynesville United Methodist Church from 9 am-1 pm. You may schedule yourself on redcrossblood.org or call Sherie Ross at 217-949-3681. Make sure to bring a photo ID and your blood donor card.

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Summer Reading Programs in Waynesville

Summer Reading Programs in Waynesville

Summer Reading programs at the Waynesville Library are beginning this week! There will be programs every Wednesday at 2 pm from June 15th-July 27th. All ages 3 and up are welcome to attend. 

Area Roundup  |  June 12, 2022
Waynesville Vacation Bible School

Waynesville Vacation Bible School

Waynesville's Vacation Bible School will be held on FOUR nights this year, June 27 - June 30, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Children from Preschool - 6th grade are invited to attend. The Waynesville United Methodist Church will be hosting.

Local News – Hopedale  |  June 12, 2022
Construction Underway at CLA

Construction Underway at CLA

The Christian Life Academy in Hopedale has officially started construction for the new addition to the school. This building will serve as a high school classroom building for CLA and will open up more opportunities for their students in the years to come. The goal for the construction is to get the exterior and a portion of the interior finished over the summer so high school students can use the new space for the 2022-2023 school year.

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
28th Annual Canoe Float

28th Annual Canoe Float

28th Annual Canoe Float for the Kids of St. Jude - Saturday, June 11th at the Deer Creek American Legion. Sign up from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. $25 per person includes a t-shirt and food. Contact (309) 447-6776 for more details.

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
Back Seat Radio Plays the Vineyard

Back Seat Radio Plays the Vineyard

Saturday, June 25th, The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard presents Backseat Radio - a 4 person band playing all the chart toppers from today and yesteryear. $5 per person, 12 and under are free.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  June 5, 2022
Benefit for Brian Waldon

Benefit for Brian Waldon

Last fall, local business owner Brian Waldon suffered 2 massive strokes that took his vision and impaired his memory. Unable to continue working, Brian fell under the care of his mother and father. Despite help from his family, Brian’s medical bills kept piling up - the 2 largest total over $500,000 -the Waldon family knew that it was time to act accordingly. With the help of the Deer Creek American Legion, a benefit is being planned. 

Top Story  |  June 5, 2022
Shooting in Uvalde: Are We Prepared?

Shooting in Uvalde: Are We Prepared?

On Tuesday, May 24th, 18 year old Salvador Ramos entered Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde Texas, armed with a rifle and pistol. Reportedly carrying 1,600 rounds of ammunition, Ramos went on an hour-long shooting spree that left 19 students and 2 teachers dead, while also wounding over a dozen others. Ramos was eventually shot dead by Border Patrol agents who entered the school; of their own accord, while Uvalde police forces remained inactive in a nearby parking lot. The lack of police action on that day has left Americans struggling to answer certain questions, the main question being “What can we expect from local police if a similar event happens in my town?” However, to even start to answer those types of questions, it is worth becoming familiar with procedures currently in place within law enforcement entities.

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
Yard Waste Pickup Day

Yard Waste Pickup Day

Monday, June 13th is the next Yard Waste pickup day in Mackinaw. Have your bags of dry landscape out on the curb by 6:00 A.M. and city workers will do the rest.

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
Community Breakfast

Community Breakfast

Because there was such a great turn out the first time, the Armington Village Board has decided to have another Community Breakfast. Please join your neighbors at the community building on June 25th between the hours of 7-11am for pancakes and biscuit and sausage gravy. Donations only.

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
Sweet Shoppe Grand Opening

Sweet Shoppe Grand Opening

The grand opening for Missy’s Sweet Shoppe is June 10th! This bakery will take the place of The Palms Grill Café on Historic Route 66. Her bakery will be open Wednesday-Sunday from 8 am-4 pm during the summer. 

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
An Evening With Chef Kwame Owuachi

An Evening With Chef Kwame Owuachi

On Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 pm the Danvers Township Library will be hosting an evening with chef Kwame Owuachi. Chef Kwame is a James Beard Award-winning chef born on Long Island and raised in New York City, Nigeria, and Louisiana. He was trained at the Culinary Institute of America and opened five restaurants before turning thirty. Chef Kwame has also been named “Food and Wine’s” Best New Chef 2019 and a 30 Under 30 honoree by both “Zagat” and Forbes”. The evening will consist of chef Kwame speaking about his cookbook “My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef” and the importance of the connections between cuisine, place, and culture.

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

On Saturday, July 2nd the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their annual Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k. This 5k Run/Walk will honor U.S. Marine Major Reid B. Nannen, a Hopedale native, who gave his life in service while training at TOPGUN NAS in Fallon, Nevada on March 1, 2014. For a limited time registration for the race is only $30 so sign up as soon as you can before the deal is gone. You can do this through either the Hopedale Wellness Center’s website or on their Facebook page. You must be registered by June 12th to be guaranteed your shirt size and after this date, it will be first come first serve based on availability.

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
No Off Season Training

No Off Season Training

Student-athletes who want to continue training throughout the summer have an opportunity at the Hopedale Wellness Center. The Wellness Center is offering the purchase of a No Season punch card for $120 for 12 sessions with a certified trainer. These sessions will consist of weight lifting programs designed for each participant based on age, abilities, and goals. The sessions will be group training with individual programs and each training session is 60 minutes and will be supervised by athletic trainer, Josh Grant. Training times will be Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. If you are interested stop by the Wellness Center front desk or call 309-449-4500 to get more info and register.

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
Run Like a Girl

Run Like a Girl

Run Like a Girl at the Hopedale Wellness Center is back! This is a great opportunity for girls in 6th to 8th grade to learn more about running and get to speak and learn from experienced runners. The event will be on June 28th, 29th, and 30th from 10:00 to 11:30 am. It will begin with a warm-up session, then attendees will go through drills and activities that focus on skill and technique, and at the end, they will go through a proper cool down and stretching routine with time for a Q&A. Registration is due by June 24th to secure your spot and you can do so either at the Wellness Center front desk or by calling the Wellness Center at 309-449-4500

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
Soccer Skills Clinic

Soccer Skills Clinic

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting a 4-week soccer skills clinic through June and July. The clinic will focus on dribbling, passing, shooting, and ball control. The goal is by the end of the clinic attendees will have improved their soccer skills and feel confident in their abilities. There will be three sessions to attend based on skill level; advanced, intermediate, and beginner. The advanced sessions will begin Monday, June 13th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, the intermediate on Wednesday, June 15th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, and the beginner session on Saturday, June 18th from 9:00 to 10:00 am. To register either visit the Wellness Center front desk or call them at 309-449-4500.

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
Bluebirds and Blue Birds Camp

Bluebirds and Blue Birds Camp

“Bluebirds and Blue Birds” is a 1-day camp on Wednesday, June 8th for ages 6-12 years old. This event will take place at Sugar Grove Nature Center from 10 am-3 pm. Registration is available on their website. 

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

The Village of McLean’s monthly board meeting will be on June 6th at 7 pm. This meeting will be held at the Village of McLean Office Building. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
Read Beyond the Beaten Path

Read Beyond the Beaten Path

Have fun with reading!  H.A. Peine District Library Presents Summer Reading 2022. Sign up and get your reading logs starting May 25 for our Summer Reading Program.  We’ll have so much fun this year!  Events are Wednesdays in June, 12-1.

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
Comfort & Care Session

Comfort & Care Session

The next Comfort & Care session will be on Thursday, June 9th at the Waynesville UMC at 6:30 pm. For more information, contact Cindy White.

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
Summer Reading Programs in Waynesville

Summer Reading Programs in Waynesville

Summer Reading programs at the Waynesville Library have just been announced! There will be programs every Wednesday at 2 pm from June 15th-July 27th. All ages 3 and up are welcome to attend. 

Area Roundup  |  June 5, 2022
Teen Summer Art Club

Teen Summer Art Club

The Waynesville Library is having a Teen Summer Art Club on Tuesday, June 21st at 2 pm. Karen Sue Eilts will host a fun summer art project with snacks. Junior high and high school students are welcome. 

Local News – McLean  |  June 5, 2022
Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District

Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District

This week’s community spotlight, is on the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District. The Park District is located at 107 N. West Street in McLean. To start off, I interviewed the director, Stacey Reinhardt. She turned over some of the questions to the board president, Jenny Denham, to get more information on the history of the building. 

Local News – Tremont  |  June 5, 2022
Local Festivals for Summer Fun

Local Festivals for Summer Fun

Summer festivals and celebrations are around the corner and there are many you don’t want to miss out on in the community. Tremont’s 56th annual Turkey Festival begins Sunday, June 5th with the Miss Tremont Pageant at the Tremont High School Gym. Then, on Thursday, June 9th there will be Merchants’ Day activities and a Carnival. On June 10th, 11th, and 12th there are a variety of activities and events to attend including the carnival, a car show, a parade, tournaments, and shows. All entertainment is free and this is a fun festival for all ages to have fun. To learn more visit the festival’s website at turkeyfestival.com.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  May 29, 2022
After School Program Fills Community Needs

After School Program Fills Community Needs

Busy parents looking for a faith based after school program need look no further than New Castle Bible Church. Located on Dee-Mac road, between Mackinaw and Deer Creek, the church has opened its doors to school aged children who are in need of a safe place to hang out after school. The Mail spoke with Program Director Melanie Burge to find out a little more.

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
Benefit for Brian Waldon

Benefit for Brian Waldon

On Saturday, July 9th, from 1:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. A benefit is being held for local resident Brian Waldon at The Deer Creek American Legion. Come enjoy live music, a bags tournament, and raffle drawings. 

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
Concert at the Vineyard

Concert at the Vineyard

Saturday, June 4th, The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard presents “Concert at the Vineyard - Decade of Decadence”, a look back to the most popular music of the 80’s. Bring your own snacks, just no beverages of any kind. $5 per person.

Top Story  |  May 29, 2022
Poppies Bloom for Memorial Day

Poppies Bloom for Memorial Day

Every year Americans take time out of their busy lives to acknowledge Memorial Day, a holiday enacted, originally, to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice during our civil war that raged from 1861 to 1865. Originally known as “Decoration Day”, American citizens were encouraged to visit the graves of those who fell at battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Vicksburg, and Gettysburg. In modern times, “Decoration Day” has turned into “Memorial Day” and is meant to honor the American citizens who have fallen in all American wars. Proof of the evolution of this holiday can easily be seen with the prevalence of the Red Poppy. 

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
Village Board Meeting

Village Board Meeting

The monthly board meeting for the Village of Armington will be held on June 1st. These are at 6:30 pm at 103 N. Main Street. For questions contact Amanda Dronenebrg, the Armington Village Clerk.

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
Summer Reading Programs Are Beginning

Summer Reading Programs Are Beginning

Summer Reading programs are beginning soon at the Atlanta Public Library. Events take place every Saturday in June from 1-3 pm. These are free of cost to all children age 14 and under. Call the library at 217-648-2112 to sign-up and get more information. Registration closes on Thursday, June 2nd.

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
Sweet Shoppe Grand Opening

Sweet Shoppe Grand Opening

The grand opening for Missy’s Sweet Shoppe is June 10th! This bakery will take the place of The Palms Grill Café on Historic Route 66. Her bakery will be open Wednesday-Sunday from 8 am-4 pm during the summer. 

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
An Evening With Chef Kwame Owuachi

An Evening With Chef Kwame Owuachi

On Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 pm the Danvers Township Library will be hosting an evening with chef Kwame Owuachi. Chef Kwame is a James Beard Award-winning chef born on Long Island and raised in New York City, Nigeria, and Louisiana. He was trained at the Culinary Institute of America and opened five restaurants before turning thirty. Chef Kwame has also been named “Food and Wine’s” Best New Chef 2019 and a 30 Under 30 honoree by both “Zagat” and Forbes”. The evening will consist of chef Kwame speaking about his cookbook “My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef” and the importance of the connections between cuisine, place, and culture.

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
2022 Murph Challenge

2022 Murph Challenge

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their 2022 Murph Challenge on May 30th from 7:00 to 10:00 am. The Challenge will consist of a mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, and a one-mile run. “Murph” is a classic CrossFit workout known as a Hero Workout of the Day which is made by CrossFit to honor the men and women that have fallen in the line of duty. The Murph Challenge at the Wellness Center is specifically to honor Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. The Challenge is for all fitness levels and modifications are offered for those who need it. The Wellness Center will also be accepting donations for St. Jude at this event. It is a great way to support the community and have fun. No registration is required, all you have to do is show up within the time frame and get your workout in.

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
Free Yoga Preview Class

Free Yoga Preview Class

Yoga at the Hopedale Wellness Center is back and they are offering a free preview class on Wednesday, June 1st from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Here attendees will be introduced to the yoga instructor, Christa Staley. The class is for all levels and will focus on deep, easy stretching and relaxation. Pose descriptions and examples are part of the instruction and modifications will be provided. Yoga mats will be available to those that need them. You can sign up for this class through a link provided on their Facebook page at Hopedale Wellness Center.

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

On Saturday, July 2nd the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their annual Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k. This 5k Run/Walk will honor U.S. Marine Major Reid B. Nannen, a Hopedale native, who gave his life in service while training at TOPGUN NAS in Fallon, Nevada on March 1, 2014. For a limited time registration for the race is only $30 so sign up as soon as you can before the deal is gone. You can do this through either the Hopedale Wellness Center’s website or on their Facebook page. You must be registered by June 12th to be guaranteed your shirt size and after this date, it will be first come first serve based on availability.

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
No Off Season Training

No Off Season Training

Student-athletes who want to continue training throughout the summer have an opportunity at the Hopedale Wellness Center. The Wellness Center is offering the purchase of a No Season punch card for $120 for 12 sessions with a certified trainer. These sessions will consist of weight lifting programs designed for each participant based on age, abilities, and goals. The sessions will be group training with individual programs and each training session is 60 minutes and will be supervised by athletic trainer, Josh Grant. Training times will be Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. If you are interested stop by the Wellness Center front desk or call 309-449-4500 to get more info and register.

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
Bluebirds and Blue Birds Camp

Bluebirds and Blue Birds Camp

“Bluebirds and Blue Birds” is a 1-day camp on Wednesday, June 8th for ages 6-12 years old. This event will take place at Sugar Grove Nature Center from 10 am-3 pm. Registration is available on their website. 

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
Campout on the Lawn

Campout on the Lawn

Sugar Grove Nature Center is having a Campout On The Lawn on Saturday, June 4- Sunday, June 5 from 1 pm-10 am. There will be plenty of crafts and activities to do with the family, including roasting hot dogs and s’mores on the campfire. Make sure to bring a sleeping bag and tent. Registration and payment are due by May 31st. It costs $12 per person and forms can be found on the Facebook page or website. 

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

The Village of McLean’s monthly board meeting will be on June 6th at 7 pm. This meeting will be held at the Village of McLean Office Building. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
Read Beyond the Beaten Path

Read Beyond the Beaten Path

Have fun with reading!  H.A. Peine District Library Presents Summer Reading 2022. Sign up and get your reading logs starting May 25 for our Summer Reading Program.  We’ll have so much fun this year!  Events are Wednesdays in June, 12-1.

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
Summer Kick-Off Feather Party

Summer Kick-Off Feather Party

On Friday, June 3rd the Waynesville American Legion will have a Summer Kick-Off Feather Party. There will be ribeye sandwiches, chips, and coleslaw. Raffle tickets will also be sold to win meat bundles, liquor, grilling gear, and more!

Area Roundup  |  May 29, 2022
Summer Reading Programs in Waynesville

Summer Reading Programs in Waynesville

Summer Reading programs at the Waynesville Library have just been announced! There will be programs every Wednesday at 2 pm from June 15th-July 27th. All ages 3 and up are welcome to attend. 

Local News – Minier  |  May 29, 2022
Area Summer Reading Programs

Area Summer Reading Programs

As school ends and summer starts, reading programs at local libraries begin. The program at H.A. Peine District Library in Minier has already started and reading logs can be picked up. The library will host weekly programs every Wednesday in June from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. The first program will be on June 1st featuring the Forest Park Nature Center. Each of the programs will take place at St. John’s UCC Faith Fellowship Hall except for the final program which will be hosted at the West Park in Minier.      The Danvers Township Library will also be hosting a summer reading program which will begin on May 31st and will be for ages up to 17. There will be two programs per week but those signed up for the program only have to attend one each week. The programs are either on Tuesdays or Fridays with the first one on June 7th at 10:00 am at the Historical Society featuring the Wild Times Exotic Animals. Then, on June 10th at 10:00 am at the park in Davers the second program will be hosted featuring Swords and Roses.

Local News – Stanford  |  May 29, 2022
Olympia Middle School Teacher Receives Grant From WGU

Olympia Middle School Teacher Receives Grant From WGU

Jake Steve, an eighth-grade science teacher at Olympia Middle School in Olympia CUSD 16, has received a $1,000 grant through WGU’s “Fund My Classroom” initiative. The funds will be used to purchase materials for his students to engineer their own model cars and use them to test out different variables that make a car speed up and slow down. Steve learned he was selected for the grant on May 11 when WGU staff surprised him with a check presentation at his school.

Obituaries  |  May 29, 2022
Barbara J. Swearingen

Barbara J. Swearingen

Barbara J. Swearingen, 89, of Atlanta, died 11:32 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at Castle Manor in Lincoln.

Obituaries  |  May 29, 2022
Carol A. Webb

Carol A. Webb

Carol A. Webb, 80, of Tremont, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2022 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center Emergency Room in Peoria. 

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Early Dismissal

Early Dismissal

On Thursday, May 26, Dee-Mack schools will be letting students out at 1:30 P.M.

Top Story  |  May 22, 2022
Local Youth Grabs Gold

Local Youth Grabs Gold

Local teen Jadon Nafziger traveled with his family to Hillsdale, Michigan last weekend to compete in the National Junior Paralympics Regional Championships, where he brought home the gold medal for precision shooting. Jadon competed in the under 15 para standing precision air rifle event over the course of 3 days, shooting twice in competition. This week, The Mail was granted exclusive access to The Champ to find out more.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Music, Wine, and Craft Beer Festival

Music, Wine, and Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, May 28th, the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will be hosting a Music, Wine, and Craft Beer Festival from 11:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. and then again on Sunday May 29th from 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. The event includes live music both days and will be held rain or shine. $15 per person.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  May 22, 2022
Teen Assailants Are Well Known to Area Police

Teen Assailants Are Well Known to Area Police

More information has been uncovered about the criminal histories of the young men who allegedly assaulted Danny Hale at Casey’s gas station on the evening of Wednesday, May 11th. Court documents obtained by The Mail show that the assailants are well known to local police.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Yard Waste Pickup Day

Yard Waste Pickup Day

Monday, May 23rd is the official Yard Waste Pickup Day for Mackinaw. Dry landscape waste bags must be placed out at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on the day it is to be collected.  Pick-up will occur on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Summer Kick-Off Cruise-In

Summer Kick-Off Cruise-In

To kick-off summer, the Atlanta Public Library and Museum and Logan County APA will sponsor a car cruise-in event with raffles and entertainment. The event will take place in the Dairy Queen parking lot. Cars & coffee will run from 8-10 am, then a Dairy Queen lunch special from 10 am-2:30 pm. Attendees with cars are asked to make a $5 donation, but all are welcome!

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Summer Reading Programs Are Beginning

Summer Reading Programs Are Beginning

Summer Reading programs are beginning! Sign-up is now open through June 2nd at the Atlanta Public Library. Events take place every Saturday in June free of cost to all children age 14 and under. Call the library to sign-up and get more information.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

Registration for the Danvers Township Library’s Summer Reading Program begins on May 31st. The Program is for ages 0-17 and there will be an event one day per week for an hour. The first will happen on June 7th at 10:00 am at the Historical Society and will host Wild Times Exotic Animals, an exotic animal program based in Springfield. The Program will continue throughout June and until July 1st. Only books that are borrowed from the library will be counted towards the weekly reading goal and when your time goal is met for the week you will receive 1 prize bag for that week. This is a fun and exciting event for kids of all ages so make sure to register to join in on the fun.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
2022 Murph Challenge

2022 Murph Challenge

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their 2022 Murph Challenge on May 30th from 7:00 to 10:00 am. The Challenge will consist of a mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, and a one-mile run. “Murph” is a classic CrossFit workout known as a Hero Workout of the Day which is made by CrossFit to honor the men and women that have fallen in the line of duty. The Murph Challenge at the Wellness Center is specifically to honor Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. The Challenge is for all fitness levels and modifications are offered for those who need it. The Wellness Center will also be accepting donations for St. Jude at this event. It is a great way to support the community and have fun. No registration is required, all you have to do is show up within the time frame and get your workout in.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

On Saturday, July 2nd the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their annual Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k. This 5k Run/Walk will honor U.S. Marine Major Reid B. Nannen, a Hopedale native, who gave his life in service while training at TOPGUN NAS in Fallon, Nevada on March 1, 2014. For a limited time registration for the race is only $30 so sign up as soon as you can before the deal is gone. You can do this through either the Hopedale Wellness Center’s website or on their Facebook page. You must be registered by June 12th to be guaranteed your shirt size and after this date, it will be first come first serve based on availability.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
No Off Season Training

No Off Season Training

Student-athletes who want to continue training throughout the summer have an opportunity at the Hopedale Wellness Center. The Wellness Center is offering the purchase of a No Season punch card for $120 for 12 sessions with a certified trainer. These sessions will consist of weight lifting programs designed for each participant based on age, abilities, and goals. The sessions will be group training with individual programs and each training session is 60 minutes and will be supervised by athletic trainer, Josh Grant. Training times will be Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. If you are interested stop by the Wellness Center front desk or call 309-449-4500 to get more info and register.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
 Campout on the Lawn

Campout on the Lawn

Sugar Grove Nature Center is having a Campout On The Lawn on Saturday, June 4- Sunday, June 5 from 1 pm-10 am. There will be plenty of crafts and activities to do with the family, including roasting hot dogs and s’mores at the campfire. Make sure to bring a sleeping bag and tent. Registration and payment are due by May 31st. It costs $12 per person and forms can be found on the Facebook page or website. 

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Nature Journaling Session

Nature Journaling Session

The Sugar Grove Nature Center will host a Nature Journaling session on Wednesday, May 25th from 9 am-12 pm. Ellen Dietz is hosting the workshop to eliminate “production anxiety,” send you home with art supplies, ramp up creativity, and show you how to observe, explore, sketch, and write about the local landscape with nature journaling. Cost is $30 per person and registration forms can be found on their Facebook page. 

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
May Story Hour

May Story Hour

The H.A. Peine District Library hosts their May Story Hour on Tuesday, May 24th from 11:00 to 11:30 am. Space is limited so be sure to call the library at 309-392-3220 to register and secure your spot and make sure to bring a blanket to the Story Hour to sit on during the story.

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Dog Day for Kids

Dog Day for Kids

The Waynesville Christian Church is having a “Dog Day” for kids on Friday, May 27th from 1-2:30 pm. A trainer from Canine Companion, Nancy Reinhart, will bring her puppy, Rocco. Then, she will teach the children all about service dogs and how they help people. K-5th grade students are welcome. 

Area Roundup  |  May 22, 2022
Summer Reading Programs in Waynesville

Summer Reading Programs in Waynesville

Summer Reading programs at the Waynesville Library have just been announced! There will be programs every Wednesday at 2 pm from June 15th-July 27th. All ages 3 and up are welcome to attend. 

Local News – Atlanta  |  May 22, 2022
Palm’s Grill Cafe to Become a Bakery

Palm’s Grill Cafe to Become a Bakery

Missy Gaither who runs Missy’s Cupcakes, Cookies, and More is opening up her own bakery storefront in Atlanta at the old Palm’s Grill Cafe venue. Missy got the lease on May 1st  and the bakery will be open for business come the beginning of June. Missy has run Missy’s Cupcakes, Cookies, and More for 10 years and up until she acquired the lease in Atlanta, she has run the business out of her home. Missy used her Facebook page to take orders and would then deliver the orders to her clients or have them pick them up. Now that she will have her own storefront she won’t have to run around delivering orders which will save her a lot of time. There will also be a wider variety of flavors of cupcakes and cookies with the opening of the storefront and she will offer a Route 66 cookie as well.

Local News – Hopedale  |  May 22, 2022
HMC Staff Honored at Awards Ceremony

HMC Staff Honored at Awards Ceremony

Focused on patients, residents, staff and community, Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) Employees strive each day to advance the mission and vision that is rooted in the foundation of the medical complex.  Each month, HMC Employee Empowerment hosts an awards ceremony for those employees, who are recognized by their peers, for the outstanding work that they are doing in one of the numerous departments that are a part of the HMC campus.

Local News – McLean  |  May 22, 2022
McLean Police Chief Speaks at Trinity Lutheran

McLean Police Chief Speaks at Trinity Lutheran

This week Chief Blair of the McLean Police Department had the opportunity to speak at Trinity Lutheran School in Bloomington. He was able to talk to several classes about police work and give tours of the squad car.

Local News – Peoria  |  May 22, 2022
LaHood and Davis Opens Military Service Academy Applications Process

LaHood and Davis Opens Military Service Academy Applications Process

Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced today that he is accepting applications from students who wish to seek a nomination to one of our nation's service academies for the Class of 2027. 

Local News – Stanford  |  May 22, 2022
Olympia Middle School Teacher Receives Grant From WGU

Olympia Middle School Teacher Receives Grant From WGU

Jake Steve, an eighth-grade science teacher at Olympia Middle School in Olympia CUSD 16, has received a $1,000 grant through WGU’s “Fund My Classroom” initiative. The funds will be used to purchase materials for his students to engineer their own model cars and use them to test out different variables that make a car speed up and slow down. Steve learned he was selected for the grant on May 11 when WGU staff surprised him with a check presentation at his school.

Top Story  |  May 15, 2022
Assault at Casey's Leads to Arrests

Assault at Casey's Leads to Arrests

A large altercation involving multiple teenagers occurred at Casey’s gas station, in Mackinaw on Wednesday, that lead to the arrests of 4 teenagers by the Mackinaw Police Department. Some time that evening, the teens exited the gas station and created a disturbance in the parking lot, at one point surrounding the vehicle of a 31 year old mother who had chided the teens for their misbehavior, witnesses say. At one point, the teens indicated that they were willing to resort to violence, however, local resident Danny Hale stepped in. 

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Decade of Decadence

Decade of Decadence

Saturday, June 4th, from 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard presents “Concert at the Vineyard - Decade of Decadence”, a tribute to 80’s Hair Band era. Tickets are $5 per person, no advance tickets available.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Honky Tonk Happy Hour

Honky Tonk Happy Hour

Thursday, May 19th, the Deer Creek American Legion is hosting K&R Country for Honky Tonk Happy Hour. The event starts at 11:00 P.M.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  May 15, 2022
Rural Route One Meat Company

Rural Route One Meat Company

Though Rural Route One Meat Company is fairly new, the company is built off of generations of experience. Starting with Randy and Marj who, in 1976, started a hog farm on Rural Route One, the knowledge of farming has stayed in the family. However, like many businesses, 2020 proved to be a tough year. Emily Schmidgall explains, “It was through the struggle of 2020 that Rural Route One Meat Company was established. Because of several supply chain difficulties, our farm was unable to sell pork to our standard buyers. Our family and friends observed this struggle and wanted to help alleviate the load by purchasing pork direct from our farm rather than their usual outlets. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive as customers enjoyed not only the taste and quality of the product, but also the ability to buy and support local farmers.”

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Spring Clean up Day

Spring Clean up Day

Reminder: Saturday, May 21st is Mackinaw’s Spring Clean Up Day. Items for disposal must be on the curb by 6:00 A.M. More requirements can be found at mackinawil.gov under the “Upcoming Events” section.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Summer Kick-Off Cruise-In

Summer Kick-Off Cruise-In

To kick-off summer, the Atlanta Public Library and Museum and Logan County APA will sponsor a car cruise-in event with raffles and entertainment. The event will take place in the Dairy Queen parking lot. Cars & coffee will run from 8-10 am, then a Dairy Queen lunch special from 10 am-2:30 pm. Attendees with cars are asked to make a $5 donation, but all are welcome!

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Summer Reading Programs Are Beginning

Summer Reading Programs Are Beginning

Summer Reading programs are beginning! Sign-up is now open through June 2nd at the Atlanta Public Library. Events take place every Saturday in June free of cost to all children age 14 and under. Call the library to sign-up and get more information.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
May Story and Craft

May Story and Craft

The Danvers Township Library will be holding their May Story and Craft on Tuesday, May 17th. The stories for this month will be The Bad Seed and another gardening-themed book. After the stories, there will be pots to decorate which will then be used to plant flowers. The Story and Craft will start at 9:30 am on Tuesday. The library needs to know how many flowers and pots to purchase so make sure to RSVP for the event. You can do so on their Facebook page where you can click “Going” on the event link or by emailing them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com. 

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

On May 19th the Danvers Township Library will be hosting a sugar cookie decorating class for ages 6th grade and up. Time slots for the class are from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. There are limited spots available for the class so make sure you get your spot reserved. To do so you can call the library at 309-963-4269 or email them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

Registration for the Danvers Township Library’s Summer Reading Program begins on May 31st. The Program is for ages 0-17 and there will be an event one day per week for an hour. The first will happen on June 7th at 10:00 am at the Historical Society and will host Wild Times Exotic Animals, an exotic animal program based in Springfield. The Program will continue throughout June and until July 1st. Only books that are borrowed from the library will be counted towards the weekly reading goal and when your time goal is met for the week you will receive 1 prize bag for that week. This is a fun and exciting event for kids of all ages so make sure to register to join in on the fun.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
2022 Murph Challenge

2022 Murph Challenge

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their 2022 Murph Challenge on May 30th from 7:00 to 10:00 am. The Challenge will consist of a mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, and a one-mile run. “Murph” is a classic CrossFit workout known as a Hero Workout of the Day which is made by CrossFit to honor the men and women that have fallen in the line of duty. The Murph Challenge at the Wellness Center is specifically to honor Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. The Challenge is for all fitness levels and modifications are offered for those who need it. The Wellness Center will also be accepting donations for St. Jude at this event. It is a great way to support the community and have fun. No registration is required, all you have to do is show up within the time frame and get your workout in.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k

On Saturday, July 2nd the Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their annual Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5k. This 5k Run/Walk will honor U.S. Marine Major Reid B. Nannen, a Hopedale native, who gave his life in service while training at TOPGUN NAS in Fallon, Nevada on March 1, 2014. For a limited time registration for the race is only $30 so sign up as soon as you can before the deal is gone. You can do this through either the Hopedale Wellness Center’s website or on their Facebook page. You must be registered by June 12th to be guaranteed your shirt size and after this date, it will be first come first serve based on availability.

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Nature Journaling Session

Nature Journaling Session

The Sugar Grove Nature Center will host a Nature Journaling session on Wednesday, May 25th from 9 am-12 pm. Ellen Dietz is hosting the workshop to eliminate “production anxiety,” send you home with art supplies, ramp up creativity, and show you how to observe, explore, sketch, and write about the local landscape with nature journaling. Cost is $30 per person and registration forms can be found on their Facebook page. 

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Summer Help Needed

Summer Help Needed

Sonshine Daycare is looking for summer help! You must have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years old. In addition, volunteers are always welcome for summer activities or reading to the classes. If you are interested in a summer job with children please contact Janelle at 309-874-2522. 

Area Roundup  |  May 15, 2022
Food Drive

Food Drive

The Waynesville United Methodist Church youth group will be having a food drive on Wednesday, May 18th from 6:30-8 pm. The students will be going door to door picking up donations. For anyone wanting to contribute with non-perishable goods, please set them outside your door. Specific items needed are granola bars, poptarts, cereal bars, cookies, crackers, individual size cereal, and other snacks. Thank you for your help!

Local News – Hopedale  |  May 15, 2022
HMC Named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital

HMC Named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital

HOPEDALE – Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) was recently named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals (CAHs) for Patient Satisfaction in the country. The top 20 CAHs, including Hopedale Medical Complex, scored best among CAHs as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health for Patient Satisfaction. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo.

Local News – Hopedale  |  May 15, 2022
Hopedale Medical Foundation Seeking Nursing Scholarship Applications

Hopedale Medical Foundation Seeking Nursing Scholarship Applications

Hopedale Medical Foundation is currently accepting applications from current nursing students and high school seniors pursuing a nursing career for its 2022 Rural Hospital Nursing Scholarship.  This scholarship opportunity is in addition to the annual high school senior/college freshman scholarships which are announced in April of each year.  To qualify, candidates must intend to apply or already be accepted or attending an accredited nursing program by June 10, 2022.  

Local News – Stanford  |  May 15, 2022
“Little Shop of Horrors” at OHS

“Little Shop of Horrors” at OHS

The Olympia High School spring musical this year was the classic Little Shop of Horrors. The show ran on May 12, 13, and 14 in the evening in the OHS auditorium. Olympia High School was granted the permission to perform Little Shop of Horrors by the Music Theatre International. 

Top Story  |  May 8, 2022
Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is a holiday celebrated in multiple countries throughout the world to honor our mothers, but where did this holiday come from?. In the modern form we know today, the holiday originated in the United States and is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Many countries follow this date but others celebrate the day at different times of the year. 

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Colt Ball and Stumpy Joe

Colt Ball and Stumpy Joe

On Thursday, May 12th, at 6:00 P.M. The Deer Creek American Legion presents Colt Ball and Stumpy Joe “Bendin’ Strings and Tapping Toes”. Head on down for a healthy portion of Feel Good Music!

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Spring Clean up Day

Spring Clean up Day

Saturday, May 21st, is Spring Clean Up Day in Mackinaw. Items intended for pickup must be on the curb by 6:00 A.M. and must be able to be loaded by 2 men. Please see mackinawil.gov for more restrictions.

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading programs are beginning! Sign-up is now open through June 2nd at the Atlanta Public Library. Events take place every Saturday in June free of cost to all children age 14 and under. Call the library to sign-up and get more information.

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
An Evening With Michelle Zauner

An Evening With Michelle Zauner

The Danvers Township Library will be hosting Michelle Zauner, a musician, and author, as she discusses her music career and her beloved bestselling memoir “Crying in H Mart” with Jessica Hopper joining her in conversation. Michelle has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world for song releases like Psychopomp and Soft Sounds from Another Planet and her song Jubilee is currently nominated for two Grammy Awards. The discussion will happen on May 18th and will begin at 7:00 pm. To join the event you can visit the Danvers Township Library Facebook Page and find the event link to the discussion which will take place on a zoom call.

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
May Story and Craft

May Story and Craft

The Danvers Township Library will be holding their May Story and Craft on Tuesday, May 17th. The stories for this month will be The Bad Seed and another gardening-themed book. After the stories, there will be pots to decorate which will then be used to plant flowers. The Story and Craft will start at 9:30 am on Tuesday. The library needs to know how many flowers and pots to purchase so make sure to RSVP for the event. You can do so on their Facebook page where you can click “Going” on the event link or by emailing them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com. 

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

On May 19th the Danvers Township Library will be hosting a sugar cookie decorating class for ages 6th grade and up. Time slots for the class are from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. There are limited spots available for the class so make sure you get your spot reserved. To do so you can call the library at 309-963-4269 or email them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com.

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
2022 Murph Challenge

2022 Murph Challenge

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting their 2022 Murph Challenge on May 30th from 7:00 to 10:00 am. The Challenge will consist of a mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, and a one-mile run. “Murph” is a classic CrossFit workout known as a Hero Workout of the Day which is made by CrossFit to honor the men and women that have fallen in the line of duty. The Murph Challenge at the Wellness Center is specifically to honor Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. The Challenge is for all fitness levels and modifications are offered for those who need it. The Wellness Center will also be accepting donations for St. Jude at this event. It is a great way to support the community and have fun. No registration is required, all you have to do is show up within the time frame and get your workout in.

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
20th Anniversary

20th Anniversary

The Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Library is celebrating its 20th anniversary of the current building on Saturday, May 14th. Come out from 10 am- 1 pm to celebrate!

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Blood Drive

Blood Drive

The Mt. Hope-Funks Grove FPD will host a blood drive on Thursday, May 12th from 1-6 pm. You may contact EMS Coordinator, Brenda McCallister, at 309-874-2532 to schedule an appointment. 

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Ceramic Wallkeep Class

Ceramic Wallkeep Class

On Wednesday, May 11th, Sugar Grove Nature Center will host a Ceramic Wallkeep class. This event will be held from 12-3 pm. Ceramic artist, Claire Hedden, will lead the class. These wallkeeps will be glazed and fired, and then available to pick up 2 weeks later. All materials will be provided for just $30. Participants must be 18+. Register with Angela Funk at angela@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or 309-261-6894. 

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Free Family Photos

Free Family Photos

Meghann Kindred will be offering free family photos at the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District on May 7th and May 14th. Then, the digital copy will be uploaded online for future printing. The spots are filling up fast, so call soon to book a session.

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Summer Help Needed

Summer Help Needed

Sonshine Daycare is looking for summer help! You must have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years old. In addition, volunteers are always welcome for summer activities or reading to the classes. If you are interested in a summer job with children please contact Janelle at 309-874-2522. 

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Student Council Color Walk

Student Council Color Walk

On May 14th from 9 am to 12 pm the Olympia High School Student Council will be holding their first-ever Color Walk. Proceeds from the walk will benefit a foreign exchange fund for next year’s foreign exchange students at Olympia. The Color Walk will begin at the new southeast parking lot. Fill out pledge forms for donations and register online on the Olympia website. Be sure to wear white!

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
 Comfort & Care Group

Comfort & Care Group

The next Comfort & Care group will meet Thursday, May 12th at 6:30 pm. This takes place at the Waynesville UMC. For more information, please contact Cindy White. 

Area Roundup  |  May 8, 2022
Community Breakfast

Community Breakfast

The Waynesville Christian Church will host a Community Breakfast on Saturday, May 14, between the hours of 8am-10am. 

Local News – Armington  |  May 8, 2022
Local Schools Make the Grade

Local Schools Make the Grade

Local News – Atlanta  |  May 8, 2022
Atlanta Car Cruise-in Event Set to Kick-Off the Summer

Atlanta Car Cruise-in Event Set to Kick-Off the Summer

Atlanta, Illinois announces its first car cruise-in of the season, sponsored by Atlanta Public Library and Museum and Logan County APA, for May 29 from 10am-2:30pm at Atlanta’s new Dairy Queen land Truck Stop located at 102 Empire Street. This event is free to attend and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

Local News – Deer Creek  |  May 8, 2022
Meet Deer Creek’s New Police Chief

Meet Deer Creek’s New Police Chief

The Village of Deer Creek gained a new police chief last week after former Chief Brad Potts retired. Potts will be replaced by Dr. Bill Lally. Lally was sworn in at the Deer Creek Community Center on Sunday, May 1st, during a public gathering known as “Coffee with a Cop”. Besides the swearing in ceremony, attendees were able to see a county K-9 and its handler, take a fun mugshot, sit inside a squad car, and even try on a police vest and other gear. 

Top Story  |  May 1, 2022
Local Born Songwriter Turns Children's Author

Local Born Songwriter Turns Children's Author

If you could go back 5 years to ask Atlanta native Jimmie Barr if he was ever going to author a children’s book, the answer would have been a resounding “No”. While Jimmie was no stranger to written word - he had been writing music for quite some time and even has an award or two under his belt, the thought of writing a book had never seriously crossed his mind. However, when the family added another member in the form of daughter Carlee, Jimmie was inspired.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
K&R Country at the Legion

K&R Country at the Legion

Thursday, May 19th, the Mackinaw American Legion welcomes the band known as K&R Country. Show starts at 11:00 P.M.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Mother’s Day Masterpiece Painting Class

Mother’s Day Masterpiece Painting Class

Sunday, May 8th, from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.MThe Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is hosting a Mother’s Day Masterpiece Painting Class. Take your Mother out for wine flights and a painting class. Check the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard website for more details.

Local News – Mackinaw  |  May 1, 2022
Pannier Recognized for Academic Achievement

Pannier Recognized for Academic Achievement

JOPLIN, MO – Students from each academic area were honored during an Academic Achievement Recognition Ceremony held on April 27 at Missouri Southern State University. 

Local News – Mackinaw  |  May 1, 2022
Sign Dreamers Yard Card Greetings in Mackinaw

Sign Dreamers Yard Card Greetings in Mackinaw

With a new home based business, Mackinaw resident Kate Brown has plenty to celebrate while also hoping that you do as well. This is because the mother of 3, along with her husband, have recently started a business called “Sign Dreamers”, that rents large signs in the yards of customers who are celebrating a special event. Kate originally saw a Sign Dreamers sign in the Chicagoland area in 2021. She and her family were attending the birthday party of a child who had a Sign Dreamers sign in the front yard. Intrigued, Kate spent some time looking into the business and by the end of September 2021, Kate had her assigned territory and became a business owner.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Sunday Funday at Pub 52

Sunday Funday at Pub 52

“Sunday Funday” at Pub 52 on Sunday, May 1st, from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. The Pub will have live music, food, and drink specials. No cost to attend.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Armington Village Board Meeting

Armington Village Board Meeting

The monthly board meeting for the Village of Armington will be held on May 4th. These are at 6:30 pm at 103 N. Main Street. For questions contact Amanda Dronenberg, the Armington Village Clerk.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Hiring Servers

Hiring Servers

The Country-Aire Restaurant is currently hiring servers. Applicants must be flexible on hours and weekends. Ask for Joy or Crystal Tuesday-Friday to apply.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
May Story and Craft

May Story and Craft

The Danvers Township Library will be holding their May Story and Craft on Tuesday, May 17th. The stories for this month will be The Bad Seed and another gardening-themed book. After the stories, there will be pots to decorate which will then be used to plant flowers. The Story and Craft will start at 9:30 am on Tuesday. The library needs to know how many flowers and pots to purchase so make sure to RSVP for the event. You can do so on their Facebook page where you can click “Going” on the event link or by emailing them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com. 

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

Spring Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

On May 19th the Danvers Township Library will be hosting a sugar cookie decorating class for ages 6th grade and up. Time slots for the class are from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. There are limited spots available for the class so make sure you get your spot reserved. To do so you can call the library at 309-963-4269 or email them at danvers.tl.rsa@gmail.com.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Ice Cream Day

Ice Cream Day

The Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting another Ice Cream Day at the hospital main entrance behind Veterans Memorial. Catton’s Creamery will be selling the ice cream and the price for a scoop is $2. Stop by any time between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to get your scoop and consider donating $2 to the Wellness Center to buy a scoop for a resident in the Nursing Home or Hopedale Commons.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Blood Drive

Blood Drive

The Mt. Hope-Funks Grove FPD will host a blood drive on Thursday, May 12th from 1-6 pm. You may contact EMS Coordinator, Brenda McCallister, at 309-874-2532 to schedule an appointment. 

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Ceramic Wallkeep Class

Ceramic Wallkeep Class

On Wednesday, May 11th, Sugar Grove Nature Center will host a Ceramic Wallkeep class. This event will be held from 12-3 pm. Ceramic artist, Claire Hedden, will lead the class. These wallkeeps will be glazed and fired, and then available to pick up 2 weeks later. All materials will be provided for just $30. Participants must be 18+. Register with Angela Funk at angela@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or 309-261-6894. 

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Free Family Photos

Free Family Photos

Meghann Kindred will be offering free family photos at the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Park District on May 7th and May 14th. Then, the digital copy will be uploaded online for future printing. The spots are filling up fast, so call soon to book a session.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

The Village of McLean’s monthly board meeting will be on May 2nd at 7 pm. This meeting will be held at the Village of McLean Office Building. All are welcome to attend.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Paint a Flowerpot

Paint a Flowerpot

Paint a Flowerpot at Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Library is on May 7. Call the library at 309-874-2291 to reserve a time.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid

Sugar Grove Nature Center has a Wilderness First Aid class on Saturday, May 7th from 9 am-5 pm. This class is led by Rich Harden and Gabrielle Martin, geared toward outdoor professionals. The cost is $10 per person, which covers lunch and materials. Participants must be 15 years or older. For questions contact Angela Funk at angela@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or 309-261-6894. 

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Family Fun Night at Olympia West

Family Fun Night at Olympia West

The Olympia West Elementary School PTO will be hosting a family fun night on Friday, May 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The event will host carnival games, inflatables, temporary tattoos, a cakewalk, a Glow Run, a silent auction, and food. Presale tickets are available for 4 for a dollar and tickets bought at the door will be 3 for a dollar. This will be a fun night for all and if you want more info on the event you can contact the office at Olympia West for more details.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Kids’ Craft Day

Kids’ Craft Day

The H.A. Peine District Library will be hosting their Kids’ Craft Day on May 4th from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. The craft for this month’s Craft Day will be Star Wars themed. To get more info on the event you can call 309-392-3220. The library is located at 202 N. Main, Minier.

Area Roundup  |  May 1, 2022
Benefit for Sherry Ruble Wilson

Benefit for Sherry Ruble Wilson

On May 7th there will be an event at the Waynesville American Legion to support Sherry Ruble Wilson's recovery from several months of hospital care. There will be a variety of live entertainment, a silent auction, a bags tournament, pulled pork meals, and more.

Local News – Atlanta  |  May 1, 2022
Area Town-Wide Garage Sales

Area Town-Wide Garage Sales

It’s spring cleaning time and townwide garage sales are happening! Several local garage sales will be occurring on the weekend of May 6th and 7th: Armington, Hopedale, McLean, and Atlanta. See our special Garage Sale section in the center of this issue for a map of garage sale locations.

Local News – Hopedale  |  May 1, 2022
Burress and Hauter to Answer Questions at Candidate Forum

Burress and Hauter to Answer Questions at Candidate Forum

You are invited to a Candidate Forum including a panel discussion between the Republican candidates for 87th District of the Illinois General Assembly House. The candidates are Mary Burress and Bill Hauter.

Local News – McLean  |  May 1, 2022
McLean and Stanford Respond to Truck Fire

McLean and Stanford Respond to Truck Fire

On Sunday, April 24th, at approximately 9:21pm the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove  Fire Department was dispatched to a semi trailer on fire on I-55 mile marker 153. Dale Township Fire Department and Allin Township Fire Department were dispatched as well. Dale Chief 1400 arrived on scene and reported the entire trailer was fully involved and not much left of the trailer. Engine 151 arrived to extinguish the fire with the other departments arriving shortly after.  

Local News – Minier  |  May 1, 2022
Minier Lanes Hosts Benefit for Chris Durham

Minier Lanes Hosts Benefit for Chris Durham

On Saturday, May 7th, Minier Lanes is hosting a 9-Pin Midnight Bowling benefit for Hopedale resident Chris Durham, who is currently battling cancer. 

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