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Mendota District 289 enters solar age

Mendota Elementary School District 289 Board president Theresa Komitas helps young school children cut the ribbon during a ceremony for the completion of the district’s solar project in which panels were installed on the roof of all three schools. Looking on are eighth grade science teacher Jordan Zoelzer, left, and Rep. Brad Fritts, right. (Reporter photo)
MENDOTA – Mendota Elementary School District 289 has entered the age of solar.
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Four contestants in this year’s Sweet Corn Festival Queen Pageant, left to right, are Janet Guzman, Aubree Jones, Kamdyn Becket and Mariah Figueroa. (Photo contributed)
Preparations winding down for SCF Queen Pageant
MENDOTA – Preparations by the candidates are winding down as the 77th annual Sweet Corn Festival Queen Pageant is fast approaching.
Holy Cross eighth grade basketball coaches Luke Tillman, right, and Aaron Eddy, second from right, told the team it was chosen to lead the 2024 Mendota Sweet Corn Festival Parade as the grand marshals at a special pizza party just for the announcement on July 8 at Holy Cross. (Reporter photo by Brandon LaChance)
SCF grand parade to be led by state champions
MENDOTA – The members of the Holy Cross eighth grade boys’ basketball team have been the talk of the town since their magical, state championship run.
Registration is just a first step! A key deadline for Illinois Valley Community College students is coming up July 31, when fall tuition is due, and a college awareness campaign aims to keep students on track so they’re not dropped from the roster. (Photo contributed)
IVCC fall tuition due by July 31
OGLESBY – The first day of classes is a critical date for college students to remember, but they won’t want to miss a key deadline coming up in two weeks. Tuition for Illinois Valley Community College’s fall classes is due July 31.
Lee County Sheriff's Office introduces new phone app
DIXON – Lee County Sheriff Clay Whelan is excited to announce the release of a custom smartphone application.
IVCC Board OKs tentative budget with 6.2 percent revenue increase
OGLESBY – The Illinois Valley Community College Board of Trustees on July 11 approved a $41 million tentative budget and set a public hearing on the document next month.
Steward man killed in crash on Route 251
MENDOTA – A 47-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Route 251 north of Mendota on July 14.
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The Mendota 10U All-Star team finished in second place at the Illinois State Tournament in Paris, Ill. Members of the team, front row, left to right, are Kohen Piller, Frank Hochstatter, Liam Christmann, Brayden Piller, Kyle Henkel. Back row, coach Sean Fox, coach Brad Piller, Connor Reppin, Harry Coss, Brooks Pawlowski, Cam Phalen, Emilio Arteaga, Landon Kent, coach Clay Coss and Julien Woods. (Photo contributed)
Mendota 10U All-Stars finish 2nd in state
PARIS, Ill. – It was a magical run for the Mendota Little League 10U All-Stars over the last three weeks, culminating with a runner-up finish at the Illinois State Tournament on July 16 in Paris, Ill.
MHS to have 5 home football games in '24
MENDOTA – The Mendota Trojans will appear five times on their home turf during the 2024 regular football season.
IDNR gives schedule for waterfowl blind site drawings
SPRINGFIELD – Waterfowl hunters should mark their calendars for upcoming waterfowl blind drawings at several public hunting areas in Illinois.
Obituaries
Obituaries
Gene W. Brunner
MENDOTA – Gene W. Brunner, 87, of Mendota, passed away peacefully at home, on June 21, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.
Mickey Lamkin
TROY GROVE – Mickey “Slink” Lamkin, 69, of Troy Grove, passed away unexpectedly on July 14, 2024, in OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Peru.
Vernon E. Setchell Jr.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Vernon Eugene Setchell Jr., 82, affectionately known as Vern, passed away June 7, 2024, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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