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UPDATE: MHS to delay start of school year

MENDOTA - Mendota High School students will get a few more weeks of vacation after the District 280 Board of Education voted to delay the first day of school until Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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Carl’s Quiz 8-5

Who first proposed the concept of contact lenses?

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Education Briefs 8-5

Colleges announce dean's lists, new students

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Master Gardener program in Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam counties accepting applicants for online classes

OGLESBY - For the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program, the last four decades can be measured by the millions of volunteer hours given to help bring horticultural help to communities across the state.

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Status of Mendota FFA Alumni & Supporters Draw Down determined

MENDOTA - Based on continued restrictions due to the current pandemic, the 2020 Mendota FFA Alumni & Supporters Draw Down has officially been canceled.

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Sr. Dominic, OP celebrates 75 years of service

SPRINGFIELD - Sister Mary Dominic Joerger, OP is being recognized for 75 years of service by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield.

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Dullard achieves perfect attendance

MENDOTA - Sean Dullard, a 2020 Mendota High School graduating senior, achieved perfect attendance for all four years of his high school career.

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City stays with current electric supplier

MENDOTA – The Mendota City Council held a short regular meeting on Aug. 3.

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VFW kicks off of annual $30,000 Voice of Democracy scholarship competition

MENDOTA - Commander Laurie Emmer of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Department of Illinois announced the kick-off of this year’s VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition.

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2020 Senior Expo canceled, but Resource Guide will be made available at no cost

ROCKFORD - After much thought and many discussions, Lifescape has decided to cancel the 2020 Senior Expo due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Carl’s Quiz 7-29

Watermelon is approximately what percentage water?

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LIHEAP heating program will be available beginning July 27

MENDOTA - Tri-County Opportunities Council’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be able to help with a one-time payment toward utility bills.

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Vaessen elected to state FFA office

SUBLETTE – Margaret Vaessen of Sublette was recently elected the Illinois State FFA Reporter.

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Education Briefs 7-29

College dean's lists, graduation announced.

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MHS board discusses personnel matters, commendations

MENDOTA - Several Mendota High School staff members were commended for their work on the graduation ceremony, which was held outdoors at the MHS athletic field on July 18.

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Railway work in Mendota will result in detour

MENDOTA – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the U.S. 34 BNSF railway grade crossing in Mendota will be closed starting Wednesday, Aug. 5.

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Births-July 29

Birth announcements for week of July 29.

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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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