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EPA grant, Black Bros. help City of Mendota, Reimagine Mendota move forward with project

Julie McGee, manager, Brownfields Redevelopment Program US EPA, Region 5, speaks to a gathering in the 800 block of Main Street and Illinois Avenue where it was announced that Mendota has received a U.S. EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant in the amount of $1,270,305 to help fund the demolition of the former Car Quest Auto Parts store and the remediation cleanup of the former Campbell Cleaners property. Matt Carroll (yellow shirt) of Black Bros. and Mayor David Boelk listen to McGee’s announcement. (Reporter photo)
MENDOTA – Wednesday, June 12 will go down as a day of reshaping, renovating, and progress for the City of Mendota, Reimagine Mendota, Black Bros., and the citizens of Mendota.
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Jeff Prusator prepares to cut the ribbon during the naming ceremony of The Jeff Prusator Athletic Complex at Mendota High School on June 17. Left to right, are Jim Lauer, District 280 Board president; Lee Stocking, Mendota Chamber Ambassador; Joe Masini, MHS principal; Prusator; Denise Aughenbaugh, MHS superintendent; Sam Setchell, Mendota Chamber president/CEO; Jim Strouss, school board member; and Sarah Coss, school board member. (Reporter photo)
With his vision a reality, MHS names athletic complex after Prusator
MENDOTA – Back in 2003, Jeff Prusator had a vision, but the district didn’t have the funds. The Mendota High School principal at the time was busy coordinating the big move from the old high school on 16th Street to the new building on the northwest edge of town.
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City Council gets ball rolling on summer street maintenance program
MENDOTA - The Mendota City Council approved several donation requests and got the ball rolling on the annual street maintenance program at its June 17 regular meeting.
42 students take part in IVCC's nurse pinning ceremony
OGLESBY – Forty-two graduates of Illinois Valley Community College’s associate degree nursing program were pinned in a ceremony on May 18 in the Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.
Northbrook Middle School names Trimester 3 honor roll students
MENDOTA – Northbrook Middle School has named its honor roll students for Trimester 3.
OSF HealthCare DAISY Award winner Denise Bickett, center, is congratulated by Heather Bomstad, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, and Zackary VanKeulen, Director of Emergency Services at OSF Saint Paul Medical Center. (Photo contributed)
D. Bickett recognized with OSF HealthCare DAISY Award
MENDOTA – As a partner in the international DAISY Award program that recognizes the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care of nurses, OSF HealthCare Saint Paul Medical Center recently presented its DAISY Award to Denise Bickett, RN.
Food, fun & fireworks show set for June 29 in Mendota
MENDOTA – Celebrate the 4th of July with food, fun and fireworks at the Mendota Fireworks Show on Saturday, June 29 at Lake Mendota.
Sports
Shot clock to be implemented in high school hoops in '26-27
BLOOMINGTON – The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on June 10, where the Board made decisions on two state final sites and approved the addition of the shot clock in the sport of basketball beginning in 2026-27, while also adjusting the state final schedule for America’s Original March Madness.
3-on-3 basketball tournament to be part of Sweet Corn Festival
MENDOTA – The Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce, sponsors of the 77th Annual Sweet Corn Festival, which will be held Aug. 8-11, has announced the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will return to the 2024 festival. The tournament will be two days, Aug. 2 & 3. The Mendota Area YMCA is sponsoring the tournament.
Little 10 selects top softball players for '24
EARLVILLE - The Little Ten Conference softball coaches have selected the 2024 Little Ten All-Conference Softball Team.
Obituaries
Obituaries
Larry Truckenbrod
SUBLETTE – Larry Truckenbrod, 90, of Sublette, and formerly of Mendota, passed away peacefully at his home in Tavares, Fla., on Monday, June 10, 2024.
Glen T. Wamhoff
LaMOILLE – Glen Theodore "Tad” "Barney" Wamhoff, 69, of LaMoille, entered eternal life on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, at Allure of Mendota.
Alan C. Schammel
COMPTON – Alan C. Schammel, 78, of Compton, passed away peacefully on June 4, 2024, from cancer.
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4 MHS softball players chosen all-conference
MENDOTA – Four Mendota High School softball players were recognized with Three Rivers Conference all-conference honors for the 2024 season.
Illinois Shrine football game set for June 15
BLOOMINGTON – The Illinois Coaches Association and the Shriners of Illinois will host the 50th annual Illinois High School Shrine Game on Saturday, June 15 at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. Kick-off for the 50th annual game is scheduled for 11 a.m.
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