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MENDOTA – When Bill Giberson applied, he didn’t know if or when he would get to go when he put his name on the list in 2020.

MENDOTA—The public is invited to help make Mendota neighborhoods better at a training 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, July 29th at the Mendota Civic Center, 1901 Tom Merwin Drive, Mendota.

MENDOTA - The Mendota City Council took steps toward the summer street maintenance program and sidewalk work at its July 15 regular meeting.

A challenging planting season apparently didn’t stop U.S. farmers from seeding a hefty amount of corn and soybeans, according to USDA’s much-anticipated June acreage report released on June 28.

OGLESBY – Enrollment is underway now for an Illinois Valley Community College program that delivers a short burst of college knowledge to new or returning students before fall classes start.

MENDOTA – Fourteen young women are busily preparing for this year’s Sweet Corn Festival Queen Pageant, which will be held on Friday, Aug. 9 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

LAS VEGAS – Lonny Eisenberg wasn’t expecting his family to purchase him a seat at the 2024 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Campus notes for area college students.

MENDOTA – Randy Phillips is a storyteller.

DIXON – State Representative Brad Fritts (R-Dixon) announced that he will be hosting his second annual school supply drive for local students in need.

MENDOTA – Barry Cloyd is returning to the Graves-Hume Public Library at 6 p.m. Friday, July 26 to perform songs during “The American Songbag: A Tour of American History through Folk Music.”

MENDOTA – Selecting the Queen to reign over the festivities of Mendota’s 77th Annual Sweet Corn Festival will not be an easy task. There are 14 young ladies to choose from in this year’s pageant.

MENDOTA – The Graves-Hume Public Library in Mendota is excited to have Dave Dinaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles return at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25.

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding the public that roadside mowing is underway, requiring drivers to slow down, avoid all distractions and proceed with caution when encountering equipment and personnel. The heaviest mowing operations will continue until Aug. 15.

MENDOTA – Look around a restaurant, the bleachers of a ball game, a business meeting, or the lobby of a hospital or doctor’s office.

LaMOILLE – There is always at least one change from one Mendota Sweet Corn Festival to the next.

MENDOTA – When former Mendota alderman Bill Hunt formed Reimagine Mendota in 2018 no one knew what the future would see from the non-profit organization created to better Mendota.

MENDOTA – Nick Arteaga had thought about an idea.

PERU – OSF HealthCare is thrilled to announce the opening of a new OSF Medical Group – Obstetrics & Gynecology office in the Illinois Valley.

MENDOTA – Michelle Christ became Starved Rock Wood Products’ chief financial officer in April 2022 to further her 15-year career in manufacturing.

MENDOTA – OSF HealthCare will host two community blood drives in January with ImpactLife.

PEORIA – Several area community representatives attended a press conference on Dec. 7 in Peoria announcing the designation and funding in regard to the Peoria to Chicago passenger rail project.

MENDOTA – A man was found deceased in the restroom at the Shell gas station in Mendota on Dec. 26.

MENDOTA – The annual Graves-Hume Public Library Christmas Program was a major hit as over 40 families attended and were able to create memories.

OGLESBY – A $15 million tax levy adopted by the Illinois Valley Community College’s Board of Trustees on Dec. 14 will result in a slight decrease in the tax rate.

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