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Members of the champions, front row, left to right, are Ross Sondgeroth, Maddox Rosales, Will Aughenbaugh, Cal Doyle and Diego Diaz. Back row, assistant coach Aaron Eddy, Quinn Eddy, Corbin Doll, Cole Tillman, Bear Fitzpatrick, Joe Cackley, Shea Kreiser and head coach Luke Tillman. (Reporter photo)
MENDOTA – The state champion Holy Cross Warriors showed off their hardware at a reception for the team on Feb. 20 in the school gym. The eighth graders won three games in the IESA Class 1A …
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MHS District 280 to address maintenance projects
MENDOTA – The Mendota High School District 280 Board of Education met in regular session on Feb. 20.
Gov. Pritzker
Proposed state budget includes $2B in spending growth
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Feb. 21 proposed growing state spending by over $2 billion in the upcoming fiscal year while making a handful of corporate, sports wagering and other tax changes to pay for the increase.
Youth can learn about career paths, life skills during Graves-Hume Library program
MENDOTA – University of Illinois Extension invites you to participate in the upcoming Career Explorers: An Introduction to Career Paths and Life Skills at the Graves-Hume Public Library in Mendota.
Tricia Kessel
OSF's Kessel named DAISY award winner
OTTAWA – As a partner in the international DAISY award program that recognizes the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care of nurses, OSF Home Health recently presented its DAISY award to Tricia Kessel, RN.
Mendota Museum & Historical Society to host program on The Irish in Illinois
MENDOTA – dhaoibh a chairde! With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, the Mendota Museum and Historical Society wants to dig into the rich history and many contributions made by the Irish people who have made Illinois their home.
Rachel Tarr, MHS counselor
Life changing application
MENDOTA – Natalia Salinas didn’t have concrete plans for after graduation from Mendota High School in May.
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Conference champions!
MENDOTA – The Northbrook Middle School seventh grade volleyball team won the Starved Rock Conference Tournament on Feb. 22.
Seneca tops Trojans in regional semifinals
SPRING VALLEY – Seneca proved too much for Mendota to handle as the Fighting Irish topped the Trojans, 67-42, in the semifinal-round of the Hall Class 2A Boys’ Regional Basketball Tournament on Feb. 21 at Spring Valley.
IHSA, SportsCom form baseball partnership
BLOOMINGTON – The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce a new official corporate partnership with SportsCom, making the Illinois-based company the official baseball coach to player electronic communication device of the IHSA.
Obituaries
Obituaries
Barbara A. Bender-Draves
MENDOTA – Barbara A. Bender-Draves, 61, of Mendota, passed away Feb. 26, 2024, with her loving family by her side.
Michael C. Martens
HERMANN, Mo. – Michael Carl Martens, 79, of Hermann, Mo., passed away Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, at Caring Hearts & Hands Hospice, Columbia, Mo.
Elaine M. Jacox
STEWARD – Elaine Mae (Hackman) Jacox, 97, of Steward, passed away Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, at Stonecroft Village in Mendota.
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Illinois is prime state for wintertime eagle watching

UTICA – For a real February thrill, Bob Bryerton, program manager of the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center near Beecher, recommends taking a short winter hike to do some eagle spotting.

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