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County computers hit with ransomware attack

OTTAWA - The LaSalle County information technology department learned on Feb. 23 that the county's network had been infected with a ransomware demand.

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IVSO Young Performers Competition winners to perform March 8

OTTAWA - The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra’s March 8 concert will feature the winners of the 2020 IVSO Young Performers Competition, which was held in January.

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Tickets now on sale for Mendota H.S. musical

MENDOTA - Tickets for this spring’s Mendota High School musical, “Little Shop of Horrors” are now on sale at Sports-n-Stuff in downtown Mendota.

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Perfectly Flawed to host Overdose Prevention Training in Peru

PERU - The Perfectly Flawed Foundation will host a free Overdose Prevention Training event on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 11 a.m. to noon.

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Free Mental Health First Aid Training offered

OTTAWA - The LaSalle County Farm Bureau will hold a free two-day session on Mental Health First Aid. Course materials and food will be provided.

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Births-Feb. 26

Birth announcements for week of Feb. 26.

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Mendota FFA members compete at Section 7 proficiency interviews

SENECA - Four members of the Mendota FFA competed in eight different proficiency areas at the Section 7 proficiency interviews at Seneca High School on Feb. 12.

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Mendota FFA members attend FFA 212° conference

DECATUR - Mendota FFA members Karli Althaus and Julia Krueger attended the annual 212° conference at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel, on Feb. 7 and 8. Both students are freshmen at Mendota High School.

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Mendota H.S. to hold spring Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

MENDOTA - Parents of Mendota High School students are reminded that spring Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 4. Families may attend on either day.

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Elks announce Mendota area Teens of the Month for November

MENDOTA - The Elks recently announced their November Teens of the Month, Meghan Davis and Cole Stremlau.

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Stage 212 presents “Cocktails & Classics: Swingin’ to the Golden Oldies!”

LA SALLE - Stage 212 is kicking off a new benefit concert series, “212 Sings,” with “Cocktails & Classics: Swingin’ to the Golden Oldies!” All proceeds from the event will go toward the Stage 212 building renovation fund.

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LaSalle Co. schedules electronics recycling events

OTTAWA - LaSalle County has announced the dates of four free electronics recycling events to be held in 2020. The first will take place on Saturday, March 28.

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Education Briefs 2-19

Colleges announce dean's lists

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Carl’s Quiz 2-19

Are there any sounds in outer space?

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Cannabis production minor to launch at WIU in fall 2020

MACOMB – Forbes says the cannabis industry is among the fastest-growing job markets in America and Leafly’s 2019 Cannabis Jobs Count reports that cannabis directly employs more than 211,000 full-time workers in the U.S. And now, Western Illinois University students who are interested in careers in what Leafly calls America’s hidden job boom will have the opportunity through a new Cannabis Production minor that is set to debut at WIU this fall.

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Census 2020 - Everyone counts

ROCK ISLAND - The Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging, in partnership with the Illinois Department on Aging, is supporting an accurate count for Illinois in this year’s census.

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‘Estate Planning for Agriculture’ program takes place Feb. 25

OTTAWA - Join University of Illinois Extension and the LaSalle County Farm Bureau at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 for an “Estate Planning for Agriculture” program.

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Births-Feb. 19

Birth announcements for week of Feb. 19.

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National Honor Society inducts 21 Mendota High School students

MENDOTA - The Mendota High School Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 21 students into full membership of the National Honor Society on Monday, Feb. 3 at Mendota High School.

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Voices from the Prairie and Princeton Public Library to Co-host Programs on the U.S. Constitution

PRINCETON - A series of four evening programs titled “The U.S. Constitution: Why it Matters” has been scheduled at the Princeton Public Library.

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Imagine Mendota enters HGTV’s ‘Home Town’ makeover competition

MENDOTA - When HGTV recently launched a nationwide call to find towns that could use a “Home Town” makeover, Imagine Mendota answered the call.

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4-H to offer YQCA training at Illinois Valley Community College

OGLESBY - Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21 with a focus on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development.

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LaSalle Co. 4-H ‘Game Changers’ computer sciences club opens enrollment

LA SALLE - Youth ages 8-14 are invited to participate in the 4-H’s computer sciences club, Game Changers.

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Mendota Dist. 289 Affiliate Small Steps to hold screenings for babies & toddlers

MENDOTA - Mendota District 289 Affiliate Small Steps will hold screenings for children 2 months to 35 months at Graves-Hume Public Library in Mendota on Monday, March 9.

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Mendota School Dist. 289 to hold L.E.A.S.E. Preschool Screenings

MENDOTA - L.E.A.S.E. will hold preschool screenings for Mendota District 289 in the coming months at First United Methodist Church, 100 E. Sixth St., Mendota.

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Education Briefs 2-12

Colleges announce honor students

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Carl’s Quiz 2-12

Who decided on the placement of keys on a typewriter/computer keyboard?

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NCI Works partners presenting at Business Services Forum

OTTAWA - Partners of NCI Works, Illinois Department of Employment Security and BEST, Inc., will host a Business Services Forum on Wednesday, May 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Reddick Public Library in Ottawa.

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OSF Saint Paul receives national recognition for performance leadership

MENDOTA - OSF HealthCare Saint Paul Medical Center has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in outcomes reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

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Free Elks Clinic for children Feb. 7

PERU - Mendota Elks 1212 and Oglesby Elks 2360 lodges in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic on Thursday, Feb. 7.

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CHP celebrates renovation

MENDOTA – Community Health Partnership of Illinois (CHP) hosted an inaugural open house to celebrate the renovation of their Mendota Community Health Center on April 19.

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