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Villa Grove’s Snack Packs program helps the hungry

February 14, 2024

By Tony Hooker It’s hard enough to focus on your studies as a child, but having to do so when hungry makes it even more difficult. Emily Nusbaum, Bridget Taylor and Tami Kestner each attended Villa Grove schools, so they saw firsthand the importance of the school’s “Snack Pack” Program. The program, which started several…

Douglas County farmer Dan Meyer represents Illinois in grain export mission to Vietnam and Thailand

February 14, 2024

By Dominik Stallings Douglas County farmer Dan Meyer returned Jan. 20 from a grain export mission trip to Vietnam and Thailand. Meyer is District 12 director for the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. He and others on the trip met end-users, council partners and trading company representatives, learning about how the U.S. grain market impacts the…

Five candidates competing for 2024 Miss A.L.A.H. Five vie for Junior Miss and five for Little Miss

February 14, 2024

The Miss A.L.A.H. Pageant will be held Saturday evening, Feb. 24, at Penn Station in downtown Arthur. The pageant begins at 6 p.m. with the doors opening at 5:30. There is an admission charge; two years old and younger will be admitted free. Emma Lee, 2020 and 2021 Miss A.L.A.H will serve as emcee for…

Villa Grove yearbook class earns third place in state competition

February 14, 2024

By Dominik Stallings Villa Grove’s Yearbook class earned third place overall in the first division of the Illinois Journalism Education Association yearbook 2022-2023 contest. There are eight categories in which the books are judged: copywriting, divider pages, graphics, layout & design, overall coverage of the school year, overall coverage of sports, photography and theme development.…

Villa Grove- Henderson doing his homework with home-based business

February 7, 2024

By Tony Hooker It has been said that certain people are born for their line of work, and in Joe Henderson’s case, this appears to be true. Joe fixed his first combustion engine, a lawn mower, at the age of 7, and his fascination with all things mechanical has never waned. Read the rest of…

J.A.M.I.E. project aims to help youth in crisis

February 7, 2024

By Marty Yeakel We think we know what is going on in the lives of our loved ones, of our friends and family… until we find out sadly that we don’t. Unfortunately this has been the experience of too many including Johnny and Anita Boone of Monticello. The Boones were on hand at Yoder’s Kitchen…

Grain Drain: Arcola bin collapses

February 7, 2024

By Dominik Stallings A grain bin in Arcola collapsed Thursday, Feb. 1, spilling tons of corn and prompting cautionary evacuations. The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. at the Growmark, Inc., facility on the corner of U.S. 45 and Illinois Rt. 133. According to a senior firefighter, Richard Bickel, no one was injured in the collapse.…

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