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Thursday April 26, 2018 Vol. 6, No. 9 Hot news tip? Want to advertise? Call (309) 741-9790

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Brimfield, Elmwood schools name new principals Richwoods Asst. to Brimfield By TERRY TOWERY

BRIMFIELD – Anthony Shinall, an assistant principal at Peoria’s Richwoods High School, was hired as principal of the Brimfield High School at the April 18 school board meeting. Shinall, who also serves as an Illinois High School Association basketball officials, was approved unanimously by the board. Shinall has been an assistant principal at Richwoods for six years. A native Peorian and the son of two school teachers, Shinall atFor The Weekly Post

tended Limestone High School and Illinois Central College. He received a degree in business management from Eastern Illinois University in 2001. He then received a bachelor’s degree in business education from Illinois State University in 2005. Shinall taught business and computer classes at Richwoods before becoming assistant principal. Prior to becoming a teacher, Shinall interned at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. He has worked in the box office for the Peoria Continued on Page 9

Almasi has ties to Elmwood By BILL KNIGHT

ELMWOOD – The Board of Education on Monday approved Dimitri Almasi as principal of the elementary school starting July 1. Almasi, 30, is coming from Germantown Hills, where he’s Middle School principal (for grades 5-8). He’s replacing Tony Frost, who last month reached agreement for an early retirement package. An Illini Bluffs High School graduate, he is the grandson of former Elmwood High School coach and athletic director Joe Almasi. His parents, Anthony and Pam Almasi, For The Weekly Post



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Local farmers finally planting


Rivers helped feed economic growth

Cold spring delayed start By JEFF LAMPE

The welcome arrival of “real” spring weather means different things to different people. Fishing. Working in the gardening. Hunting mushrooms. But to local farmers, penned up for too long by this late spring, warmer weather means one thing: It’s time to get planting. Heading into the weekend, Illinois farmers had planted just 4 percent of the estimated 11 million acres of corn ground statewide. That’s well off the five-year average of 20 percent and is a direct result of temperatures that have been running 10-11 degrees below normal. But there’s no reason to panic, said Patrick Kirchofer, manager of the Peoria County Farm Bureau. “We’re not behind the 8-ball by any means,” Kirchofer said. “We’ve still not passed the prime planting time. Actually, we’re in it right now: the last part of April and the first week of May.” Weekly Post Staff Writer


During the first century of the state’s history, the natural habitats along the Illinois River helped spur fishing industries and had places for hunting. The Illinois River was a habitat for bottom-feeding fish such as catfish, common carp and smallmouth buffalo as well as mussels. The abundance of fish led to a commercial fishing industry between Havana

are EHS graduates. Dimitri Almasi earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Bradley University. He previously taught at Limestone Walters in Peoria. Almasi agreed to a three-year contract at an annual salary of $75,000, said Superintendent Chad Wagner. In academic matters, High School Principal Tony McCoy summarized results from a staff survey and plans for curriculum changes in the fall. Teachers responded that they’d like to see more classes on computer programming, study skills, new electives in English and social

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A group of boys with their day’s catch out of the Illinois River. Photo courtesy of the Illinois State Historical Library.

and Meredosia, according to the state museum. Towns had their own markets that processed and shipped fish to large Midwestern and Eastern cities from the 1890s to the 1950s. Sport hunters formed clubs and bought land along the Illinois River to start duck hunting resorts managed by locals, according to the state museum.

However, there also was a demand to be able to transport goods, which changed life along the river. Reports in the 1830s said the river wasn’t navigable in 70 to 80 places during the low-water months. A canal was eventually built between LaSalle and Chicago. Continued on Page 14

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PLANTING: More farmers planting soybeans early Continued from Page 1

Not surprisingly, farm fields in the area have been full of machinery since Friday: sprayers applying herbicides and tractors pulling harrows or planters. As a result, percentages of acres planted should change quickly this week, Kirchofer said. “Today’s farmers have new technology in their tractor and equipment. Auto steer. GPS. The equipment is large and efficient and they can get a lot of acreage covered in a hurry,” Kirchofer said. “We’re behind the fiveyear average (for corn acres planted) but we can catch up really quickly

with favorable weather for a few days.” Not all farmers are planting corn, though. Rocky Hudson was filling a planter with soybeans Tuesday north of Elmwood. “My son Sam (Hudson) works at the elevator and said about half the planters going right now are planting beans,” Hudson said. “It used to be all corn this time of year. But agronomists have shown that beans planted early are yielding 7-9 bushels more per acre. The key seems to be that the beans are exposed to more sunlight.” Hudson expected to start planting on Wednesday and estimated it would take 10 days with his 16-row planter to get his corn and beans in the ground. Kirchofer said a delay in planting does not automatically mean a late harvest. “A lot depends on the summer weather in June, July and August,” Kirchofer said. “If we get favorable weather and there’s no delay in maturity of the crop, we should have a timely harvest.”

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Rocky Hudson dumps a scoop of talcum powder in with soybeans to prepare for planting. Soybeans tend to get sticky, Hudson said, and the powder keeps the beans moving better through the planter’s airtransfer system.

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wide Garage Sale is Saturday, May 5, Elmwood Methodist Church every Friday starting at 8 a.m. To include your sale on (including April 27), 10 a.m. Free bread available Tuesday (May 1) at the map, please call Village Hall, 385Harrison Hall in Brimfield at 10 a.m. (309) 4765 by May 2. s Yard Sale – Oak Run 696-4542. s Plant Sale – FFA Annual Community-Wide Publicize Your Event Yard Sales are Saturday, Bedding Plant Sale at Call us at (309) 741-9790 Princeville High School May 5, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. or email information about Greenhouse April 26Maps provided at the Oak your upcoming event to 28, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Run POA office. s Hog Roast – The s Craft Time – MorriSt. Jude Runners are son and Mary Wiley Lihaving a hog roast on Friday, April 27 brary’s Mother’s Day Story and Craft from 4-8 p.m. at the Elmwood Banquet Time is Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m. Hall. Register at s Golf Scramble – Brimfield high s Garage Sale – Elmwood Town Wide school students raising funds for a local family with Golf Fore a Cause, May 6, at Sale Friday, April 27, 4-7 p.m. and SatLaurel Greens, Knoxville. Register by urday, April 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 1. Register at the Brimfield office s Pork Chop Day – The Elmwood Allor at Stars 4-H Pork Chop Day is Saturday, s Blood Drive – Farmington CommuApril 28, from 11 a.m. until they are sold nity Blood Drive is Monday, May 7, from out. This will be located at Central Park. 2-6 p.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church. s Cemetery Walk – Join Elmwood Contact Alice at (309) 245-4770. High School students for a tour of Elms Clean-Up Day – Williamsfield wood Township Cemetery on Sunday, April 29, at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets Clean-Up Day is Friday, May 11. All items must be at curb by 7 p.m. $6 for adult and $4 for students.

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Of gaurding vs. errors and morel sightings Rambling through central Illinois taking time each day to smell the blooms of our star magnolia. uuu As a person responsible for plenty of typos in a given week, it brings me sadistic pleasure to read the miscues of others. My favorites are errors on street signs, some that remain uncorrected for decades. One of the best was a road sign on U.S. Jeff Route 24 that LAMPE proudly greeted visitors to the village of “Little Amercia.” Unfortunately, after a photographer took a picture of the sign and had it printed in the Peoria Journal Star (back when JS photographers were allowed to leave the city limits of Peoria), IDOT had a new sign made within a few days. ... That crossed my mind Monday while driving on Illinois Route 116 and passing a new yellow sign touting “Glassford Road.” ... And again when I admired the one from last summer (pictured above) along the shores of Lake

Erie. I understand making an error. But to leave it up? Does nobody notice? uuu Speaking of errors, last week we published an incorrect dollar amount for Princeville schools’ new deal with Midwest Transit to replace six vehicles. After the Board of Education’s April 10 meeting, the District reported an incorrect dollar amount, said Superintendent Shannon Duling. The correct figure is $26,857.50 a year for two years. ... Well, Earth Day was sure overrated. After planting 125 trees on Friday, and then collapsing, I rallied the troops Sunday to plant 57 more trees. Life teaches lots of lessons. As in, never attempt to plant that many trees again in a two-day window. I will say the trees

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Memories of a 1954 day at Wrigley Field Mom grew up in Chicago taking public transportation to get places she needed or wanted to go from a very early age, so that became the norm for my brothers and me when we went to visit her mom and siblings. As I got older, I spent a week or maybe two visiting on my own many summers, and I often went to Mit Wrigley Field BERES alone or with a cousin. No one worried – I knew the way and understood how to use the mass transit. I was 13 in 1954. I was visiting, and got permission from my grandmother (an interesting task since

she spoke very little English and my Greek was equally limited) to head to Wrigley Field for a ballgame. The Cubs were not contenders and Wrigley was rarely crowded. I purchased my general admission ticket and went in to find a seat. Much to my surprise, there was a large crowd. I walked through all the areas my ticket allowed and came to the end of my search all the way down right field in the upper deck – I had gone as far as I could

and still had no seat. A woman saw me searching, called me over to where she was seated with her family and asked if I was looking for a place to sit. I said yes, and she told her son, a boy younger than I was, to let me use his seat. I thanked her but said I did not want him to give up his seat. She told me her son and I would share the seat inning by inning. And then I became aware of something I had not noticed while searching for a seat. The lady was black, as was almost everyone I could see as I looked around the stands. The Cubs were playing the Dodgers and the patrons were there to see Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe play. The lady simply wanted to ensure I would be safe while I enjoyed the game.

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Does Illinois still matter?

When I was a kid politician in the 1960s, titans of commerce and industry often served on appointed boards in Illinois, especially those for higher education. No longer, it seems. Instead, the elites of commerce, technology, industry, law, and financial services focus their influential efforts on Chicagoland. Jim They serve NOWLAN through the likes of the Chicago Economic Club, the Commercial Club of Chicago, Chicago Ideas Week, World Business Chicago, the Chicago Club, and 1871 (a Chicago incubator). You see

“Illinois” anywhere in that list? Elites tend to focus on matters of direct concern to them, like business, family, social circles. Illinois as a state and its government aren’t on their radar screens. The State of Illinois is basically responsible for education, higher education, transportation, social services and health care. Yet, elites in Chicagoland send their kids to private schools or good suburban public, which don’t rely on state dollars. Later, elites send their youngsters East and to other, well, elite private colleges. As for transportation, the one-percenters mostly fly; they don’t drive state highways much. That’s why Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced a breath-taking

$8.5 billion program to keep cityowned O’Hare International among the best-connected airports in the world. In contrast, the State of Illinois hasn’t since 2010 had a major infrastructure program to maintain its deteriorating but rich network of interstates and feeder highways. And, of course, elites don’t use the state’s social services and healthcare programs, which care for 3-4 million lesser mortals in our state. Elites have their weekend retreat homes in Wisconsin, Michigan, sometimes Montana and Wyoming, not Illinois. So, out of sight, out of mind, Illinois. Downstate Illinois, in particular, is becoming a backwater. In very reContinued on Page 7

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Fire pit on deck starts fire in Elmwood

ELMWOOD – A fire apparently started by heat from a steel burn pit Saturday night caused extensive damage to a deck in back of the home of Jason and Jody Centers of 513 N. Hickory Run. Before going to bed, Jody Centers poured water on the fire to extinguish the flames, according to an Elmwood Police report. Later that evening, one of the family’s children smelled smoke in the house. and parents alerted the authorities. The Elmwood Fire Department put out the blaze, which burned a hole through deck boards under the fire pit.

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PRINCEVILLE – K-9 dogs from Elmwood and Farmington took part in a sweep of lockers at Princeville High School on Tuesday morning, according to Elmwood officer Mike Darrah. Darrah said the Elmwood K-9 dog Rebel alerted on three lockers during the sweep. Darrah said school officials planned to examine contents of those lockers at some point in the presence of the students using them. Also participating was officer Andy Steck of Farmington and Koala, the Farmington K-9.

Jubilee had 4 accidents with no injuries. Kickapoo had 1 identity theft, a sexual abuse, 3 thefts, 2 Driving Under the Influence, 4 accidents with injuries, 5 accidents without injuries, and 6 traffic citations. Millbrook had 1 trespassing. Princeville city and township together had 2 thefts, 1 battery, 1 trespassing, 1 domestic battery, 1 vandalism/criminal damage to property, 2 accidents without injuries, and 2 traffic citations. Radnor had 1 theft and 6 accidents without injuries. Rosefield had 1 burglary, 1 drug possession, 1 accident with an injury and 3 accidents with no injuries.

The Peoria Sheriff’s Department released its Crime Statistics Report for March for the eight Peoria County townships in The Weekly Post’s circulation area. Data reflect calls where the County was the primary responder. Brimfield city and township together had 1 theft and 3 accidents with no injuries. Elmwood city and township together had 1 violation of an Order of Protection, 1 harassment, 1 vandalism/criminal damage to property, 1 accident with an injury, and 4 accidents with no injuries

wood was arrested on April 22 for criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, reckless discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of weapons, according to a Peoria County Sheriff’s report. • Cody Harper, 26, of Farmington was arrested by a Peoria County Sheriff Deputy on April 17 on an outstanding warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. • Devin C. Gonzales, 25, of Princeville was arrested April 21 for driving under the influence of alcohol and for driving an uninsured motor vehicle.

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cent years, ADM and CAT moved their headquarters to Chicagoland from Decatur and Peoria, respectively. CAT and insurance behemoth State Farm have been slowly, maybe not so slowly, moving jobs out of Illinois. The state capital in Springfield is sleepyville except for the few weeks each year the state legislature is in session. Chicago lawmakers would much rather serve on the Chicago City Council than trek down to Springpatch. I recently ended a four-year term on the state ethics commission (yes, we have one; doesn’t have much power). We had 12 meetings each year, 11 of which were in Chicago. Even agriculture, downstate’s megaforce, doesn’t much need Illinois either. Farm policy is set in D.C., and it’s the national, not state, commodities and livestock trade groups that count for them. State governorships are often seen as stepping stones to the presidency, which might make Illinois politics attractive to the ambitious rich and famous. Yet the quagmire of our present dysfunctional state government offers but a killing field for anyone so inclined to try it. There are pockets of energy downstate. Peter Limberger, actually a German who has adopted his wife’s central Illinois, is an economic development sparkplug along the Illinois-Michigan Canal corridor from Ottawa to LaSalle. Ditto for Jason Anderson and his team in bustling Rochelle, and also for the entrepreneurial missionaries in the Schultz Family of Effingham. There are others,

I’m sure, but not enough. And the University of Illinois, in outof-the-way Urbana-Champaign, remarkably holds on somehow as one of the world’s great universities. State policymakers have no clue about and offer little support for the creative power of a great graduate research center in a world now dominated by rapid advances in technology and engineering. Yet Illinois does matter, even if the power elites don’t realize it. Just go back to the top and review the basic functions of state government. But as we know, Illinois is a mess right now. So, where to start? As a broken-down former prof, I nominate our system of public higher education, which is really hurting. Students flee, universities shrivel. This, when we could be a magnet for students from other states, as we are indeed for those from China and other countries. Yet we have too much capacity and administrative overhead in higher ed; hurting university campuses are understandably hunkered down, protecting their shrinking bases. We need a band of powerful top elites to organize and think about what Illinois higher education must do, for the sake of their own companies, firms and futures. Then, they need to present a plan for the future of higher education to the legislature and governor. With their parochial interests to represent, lawmakers cannot do much without persistent pressure from powerful, respected outside forces. Illinois does matter.


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10 Years Ago Suzanne Cluskey was Queen and Ethan Ely was King of the Princeville Junior-Senior Prom at Wildlife Prairie State Park. They were crowned by the previous year’s King and Queen, Sarah Whittaker and John Romane. 20 Years Ago Elizabeth Schaub of Brimfield, a member of the Elmwood FFA Chapter, won the State Emerging Agriculture Technology Award at the State FFA Proficiency Awards Day at the University of Illinois. Ground was broken on the Casey’s General Store in Farmington at 84 South Main St., with an opening date slated for early June. The 1997 Yates City Junior High Track Team was honored one year after winning the IESA 7A state track championship. Honored were team members Greg Staggs, Dustin Pauley, Tim Frank and Ben Price and Coach Bob Moore. Sara Boyer was Queen and Brian Agnoletti was named King of the Farmington Junior-Senior Prom at Peoria’s Twin Towers. Attendants were Jessica Melton and Scott Coykendall and Kristin Haley and Tom Clardy. Cory Crusen was Queen and Joe Almasi was King of the Elmwood Junior-Senior Prom at Ravina on the Lake. Attendants were Carrie Garrett and Michael Feuchter

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(freshman), Andrea Andress and Jeremy Stillson (sophomore), Abbey Cisel and Ed Long (junior) and Whitney Roudebush and Tom Putney (senior). 30 Years Ago Princeville High School graduate Troy Roberts was named to the Commandant’s List for military excellence at the U.S. Air Force Academy in his junior year. 60 Years Ago David Coots of Eden, a freshman at Farmington High School, was the winner of the Optimist Club District Oratorial Contest in Decatur. Eighty six students graduated from Farmington High School, with John Greenfield and Michael Grebe named valedictorians and Linda Bain the salutatorian. 70 Years Ago Fire departments from Elmwood, Princeville and Brimfield fought without success to save the St. Joseph Catholic Church, which was completely destroyed by fire on a Saturday night. The rectory was saved, as were sacred vessels and vestments and some of the sanctuary furnishings. The fire apparently started due to faulty wiring in the attic. 90 Years Ago Main Street in Elmwood was alive with gravel trucks hauling rock to the Southport Road from a gravel mound on the west end of town. The


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Miles pit, located east of town, supplied the gravel for the east half of the road and the Elmwood pit supplied gravel for the west end. Princeville’s local Larkin Soap Store offered a free pair of scissors with the purchase of 10 bars of Castille soap for 88 cents. 100 Years Ago The tearing down of Brimfield’s movie palace to make room for a new $10,000 community building leaves the town without a picture show. This paragraph appeared in a local Elmwood newspaper: “As we grow older; we can’t see why pushing the lawn mower is not just as good of exercise for a young boy or girl as dancing the turkey trot to ragtime music. Mexican laborers on the Santa Fe railroad in Princeville received notice of a wage increase from $1.65 to $1.90 per day. Work started on sinking a new shaft at the Taylor & Sons coal mine in the west part of Princeville, after an old mine at West Canton St. was abandoned after 14 years. 120 Years Ago Enlistments from Farmington for the Spanish-American War were Hugh Walton, William Rosenbaum and Wyman Smith. 130 Years Ago Williamsfield was laid out by E.B. Purcell on April 24, 1888.

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Chiefs the past 15 years. He coached girls’ softball at HartsburgEmden High School, winning a regional championship in 2009. He also served as an assistant basketball coach at Illini Central Middle School. Shinall is married and the father of one, daughter Waverly. “Well, he’s a basketball official, so he should be used to being hated by everyone,” joked Brimfield Superintendent Robert Richardson. “Actually, Tony has a very positive attitude and seems to be of good character. We are excited to have

him.” Shinall will begin his job in Brimfield on July 1. He will be paid $77,000 per year. Once again, some in the audience questioned why Richardson, who has served as both superintendent and principal the past two years, will continue to receive his current salary and benefit package totaling more than $100,000. “Other districts in the area, such as Elmwood and Princeville, have two principals (grade and high school) and a superintendent. This isn’t unusual,” Richardson said. He pointed out that he has served in

both capacities for the past two years at essentially the same pay a superintendent at an equivalent district would make, saving the Brimfield district money. Shinall’s hiring was unanimously approved by the board. The board also approved extending the sports co-op with Elmwood schools for an additional two years. Under the agreement, as in past years, Brimfield students will travel to Elmwood in the fall for football and track, while Elmwood students will come to Brimfield in the spring for baseball and softball, Richardson said.

ELMWOOD: Band director Weiger resigns Continued from Page 1

studies, statistics, and robotics. Starting this fall the administration has scheduled study skills for math and English, a statistics/numerical literacy in conjunction with Illinois Central College’s Math Summit, plus courses on Certified Nursing Assistant and construction trades in cooperation with ICC, five dual-credit courses (business, English, health, psychology and sociology), entrepreneurship tied to Career Technical Education, teacher cadet/ed prep, coop and internship opportunities, strengthening audiovisual course content to provide chances to expand social media, TV and


kiosk presentations, and devoting an area to a MakerSpace activities lab for work ranging from student projects to 3D printing. Meanwhile, Band Director Erich Weiger tendered his resignation to pursue a doctorate in music education at the University of Illinois starting Aug. 15. After earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Western Illinois University, Weiger has been Elmwood’s band director and music teacher since 2011. Besides developing and teaching Music Appreciation, Weiger has led all aspects of instrumental music for the District, including bands for 5th grade, 6th grade, Junior High and High School,

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plus marching band and pep band. Weiger and his wife Denise Molina-Weiger and their son Noah live in West Peoria, and he plans to commute to Champaign-Urbana. He also has been director of the Elmwood Municipal Band since 2012, and he said he intends to continue in that capacity. In other business, the Board: • OK’d a two-year contract extension with Technology Director Caleb Waddell at an annual salary of $58,000; • heard Wagner report that a plan to install new locks to 71 doors throughout the complex will cost about $8,000 less than the original bid from S&S Builders Hardware in Peoria after dividing the components from the labor costs. The District will buy the hardware from S&S and have River City install the new locks, which will be a push-button system, at a total cost of about $23,000; • added a line to the Jun-

ior/Senior High School student-parent handbook requiring not only that participants in athletics have physicals and signed waivers before the first practices, but have activity fees paid; • approved 2018-19 fees, with changes such as adding 5 cents to the lunch fee and including Cheer, Dance and Spirit to programs covered by activity fees – which Wagner is reconfiguring to make consistent across the board, including individual caps and family maximums; • heard McCoy report that the District will conduct staff training on Social/Emotional Learning on May 14-15, and Wagner add that the administration is examining the feasibility of hiring a social worker/counselor part-time; and • heard that 48 seniors will graduate at the May 13 commencement, and promote 36 8th graders to high school on May 17.

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SUNDAY APRIL 29TH, 2018 – AT 12:00 NOON BOAT: Very nice and well maintained 12’ Howe extra deep boat w/coast guard front and EZ loader trailer (electric winch, spare tire, batteries, depth finder, trolling motor, 25 HP Mariner 2 cycle boat motor)–see pictures online and FACEBOOK–canvas weatherproof boat cover–Bill Dance trolling motor–ice auger and ice fishing equipment–approx. dozen poles w/ Ambassador reels–other rods and reels–life jackets–misc. TOYS: Original Star Wars toys including many 1970’s figurines in Darth Vader carry case–Complete Death Star set–Millennium Falcon–Droid factory–Hoth Ice Planet Set and Ice Empire Strikes Back game—Jabba the Hutt in box—old Star Wars legos—other orig. Star Wars sets and misc.—Phillip 66 gas hauler toy truck—Caterpillar toys of various sizes and types (most w/boxes)—AC 12G toy dozer—Ford TW25, 7710, 256, 846 and 1710 tractors—AC190—Farmhal F20 tractor—JD G toy tractor and wagon—Winners Circle #29 Goodwrench in box—Old metal Hough Payloader—JD 4 x 4—2 cyl. and other JDs—aprrox. 40 other older farm tractors most w/boxes (International, McCormick, Ford, Case and more)—old 760 Massey combine—Panther Steiger old toy tractor--old metal dirt shovel--old skid steer—IH hay rack—barge and gravity flow wagons--orig. Atari w/misc. games and access.—old Mega City Micronauts in box—18 classic old Major League Trivia Card game sets NB—old Bryer horse—2 wheel old red scooter--Steak and Shake semi—many vintage games—Charger riding horse--farm and other toys. ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES: 2 old wooden duck decoys (O. Chicago, IL and Raymond sleeper)—Globe amber pint fruit jar—prim. boot jack—wooden duck calls—old Heddon lure in box—5 gallon Buckeye pottery jar—3 stone gallon jars—10 gallon Buckeye Blue Ribbon crock—Whitehouse 3 gallon crock--Macomb pottery sample cast—5 gallon milk jug—Co-Op metal sign--old Williamsfield subway Pedestrian Walkway sign--Exit Sign out of the old Williamsfield High School—very old iron Contractor’s Tremont Bridge plaque (off of prim. bridge N of Williamsfield)--Williamsfield Ventures (50’s,60’s and 70’s)-Williamsfield Fun Fest mint cardboard carnival posters—old Williamsfield plates-1970 Laura State Bank and other local calendars--Army and Air Force patches and pins—Marksman pin—old GM fuses in box— Dodie and Lewis (Laura, IL)adv.—70’s, 80’s some 90’s Coll. of albums including Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin box set, Toto, Jefferson Airplane, many Madonna, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rolling Stones, Donna Summer and so many more—nice felt Western hats—vintage size L U of I leather type jacket w old emblem on back—M vintage Riverman’s jersey—early Madonna posters—vintage NFL beer poster (1995)—1991 Peoria Chief’s poster—other vintage posters—older Coca Cola radio—1990 Chicago All-Star game Banner—USS Const. model ship—military books—FM/AM Walkman—vintage button ladies shoes and beaded moccasin—military and many other books—old patterns—nice oak commode w/towel rack and mirror—sm. prim. desk—old eye glasses and cases—carnival glass— old Pyrex and other dishes—Beam bottles—Nice Coleman brass lantern—other old lanterns and lamps--#80 Dazey churn-copper boiler—old iron works cork pistol—Marion badge—Knox and other county cemetery book—US Navy WWII Officers hat—old brass gas nozzle—metal and wooden 2 horse hitch double trees—hames--license plates—old Cluster bomb—Wildlife, End of Trail and other pictures—1932 Cilco pole markers—prim. barn pulley—model T wrench--2 man old saws--much more. OUTDOOR AND TOOLS: 4 nice Crager 15” tires and rims--Good Troy Bilt high wheeled push mower—Craftsman push mower—wheel barrows—6’ wood work bench—bench grinder—3 section scaffolding— hanging beam scale—sm. air comp.—pole saw—hand tools of all types—power tools—basic garage items and fluids—mole and live traps—weed eater and trimmers—Springer band saw—clamps—log chains—7’ yard wind mill—rolls of roofing paper—Perfection smokeless oil heater—12’ alum. and other ladders —lineman spikes and belt—pieces of bass carving wood—yard and garden tools—Huff Cantilever Cruiser men’s bike—Schwinn Breeze ladies’ bike—Shapell 2 person ice shelter—misc. HOUSEHOLD: New Whirlpool top load washer model WTW4616FW2— good GE electric dryer—new humidifier—port. fire place—nice wooden rocker—good recliners—good port. dish washer—misc. furniture pieces—lots of books and magazines--basic kitchen dishes, house decor and misc. items.


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Our love with green lawns has a history By RON DIETER

It appears Mother Nature has seen fit to put a little more red in the old thermometer. It’s about time. These pleasantly warm spring days are a blessing – mostly. Unfortunately, warm spring weather also signals the start of lawn care chores. We can’t really blame Ma Nature for the six months of mowing, edging, raking, dethatching, aerating, fertilizing and watering necessary for the beautiful green carpet of lawn we all admire and covet. It’s our own fault, really. Why do we, as a society, place so much importance on the perfect lawn? After all, it’s certainly not cheap to keep up a nice lawn. It’s labor intensive and time consuming. And all the work and expense yields not one bit of edible food. Anyone with a lick of sense would ask, “What’s the point?” According to sociologists and landscape historians, it all boils down to keeping up with the Joneses. The trend started with wealthy landowners in England and Europe who began making large expanses of closely mown grass the setting for their stately homes. The palace at Versailles was among the first to have a lawn. Because only the wealthy could afford to maintain them, manicured lawns became a symbol of success and prosperity. Portraits of castles For The Weekly Post

and landscapes depicted expanses of grasses kept short by men with scythes or sheep with appetites. After seeing these lawns in paintings or in person, folks got the urge to have a lawn of their own. Thomas Jefferson saw these verdant landscapes firsthand when he visited France and installed a lawn of his own at Monticello. George Washington did the same at Mount Vernon. With the invention of mechanical mowers and gasoline engines, maintaining a lawn became somewhat easier. Lawn seeds became readily available commercially. Eventually the possibility of having a lawn trickled down to even the working class. The rest, as they say, is history. Now, because of nothing more than peer pressure really, you and I spend time every week caring for the lawn. So let’s get to work. The forsythia bushes are in full bloom. That means it’s time to put down pre-emergent weed killer. Pre-emergent herbicides don’t kill existing weeds but they do prevent weed seeds from germinating. They do an excellent job of controlling crabgrass, an annual grass that germinates about now. Of course, you don’t want to apply a pre-emergent where you are overseeding to fill in bare spots. Your mower blades should be sharp. Dull blades don’t cut cleanly and the rough-cut grass will have a

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brownish cast. Sharp blades are especially important on mulching

mowers. Such mowers cut the grass blades many times before they are discharged. Sharp mower blades make for finer mulching.

A mulching mower, by the way,

is a good investment. If you mow

your lawn on a timely basis with a

mulching mower, you eliminate the

need to bag your grass clippings.

Instead, the clippings will return as

nutrients to the soil.

Adjust your mower to cut no

shorter than 2 1/2 inches. I set mine

at 3 inches. A lawn does’'t look

good because it’s cut short. It looks

good because it’s cut evenly.

University turfgrass experts are

not keen on fertilizing the lawn in

the spring. Rather, they recommend feeding the lawn in the fall when

temperatures are cool and the grass is building up strength for the winter.

Heavy applications of fertilizer in

the spring encourages thick lush top growth at the expense of a strong

supporting root system. So go light

on the fertilizer unless you enjoy

doing a lot of watering throughout the summer.

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Weird spring has produced some big bass By JEFF LAMPE

A late spring has had a negative impact on many outdoors activities. But not bass fishing. Cooler than usual temperatures seem to have spurred an extended bite by lunker largemouths. Consider that John Wurtsbaught caught and released an 11.71-pound bass at Crab Orchard Lake on April 15 – one of the largest Illinois bass to be officially weighed in years. Clinton Lake has pumped out a 9.08-pound largemouth to Clay Reeves on April 14 as well as two other fish over 8 pounds and a 5.7pound smallmouth bass this month. And those are just the public waters. Strip-mine anglers in the area report Weekly Post Staff Writer

numerous catches of nice bass of 5-7 pounds. But this spring has not been as kind to crappie fisherman, most of whom are still waiting to start catching papermouths in big numbers. Also waiting anxiously are morel mushrooms hunters. But their time is coming. Little greys have started showing up in the past few days in central Illinois and Tuesday brought reports of some bigger yellows in southern Illinois. A good place to follow the progression of mushroom sightings is on Facebook at the page Illinois Morel Mushrooms. • Indictments – Wellknown snow goose guide Rick Hamm of Chillicothe is one of five men indicted on charges relating to illegal waterfowl hunting in

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Fulton County. Charges stem from a three-year investigation by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Also charged were Zachary Entwistle of Morris, Trent Gustafson of Chillicothe, James Schupp of Wyoming and J. Weston Schupp of Bradford. The indictment includes charges of conspiracy and violating the Lacey Act, both felonies, which, if convicted, are punishable by up to five years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

John Wurtsbaught of Mattoon caught this 11.71-pound bass at Crab Orchard Lake on April 15.

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Princeville moves toward solar By BILL KNIGHT

PRINCEVILLE – The Village Board on April 17 approved updating its special-use ordinance, one step in a series of moves that could accommodate proposed projects generating solar power locally. “The Board passed the update, which now defines solar panels and rooftop [collectors],” said Village President Jeff Troutman. “It pretty much makes our ordinance[s] consistent with Peoria County.” Two other related measures were tabled until the Board’s May 7 meeting, he said. The Board will consider and For The Weekly Post

vote on two proposed ordinances concerning residential solar panels and solar farms. Matt Kauffman of Cypress Creek Energy, was listed on the agenda, but did not attend the meeting. He’ll be heard at a future meeting, Troutman said. In other news, the Aten Acres subdivision was addressed, but action was postponed. One topic was to discuss and take action on a Request For Proposal about Aten Acres prepared by the Jacob & Klein law firm and the allied Economic Development Group in Bloomington. A second subject is the


proposed purchase of Aten Acres’ Phase 6 Lot 19. Another purchase, of Phase 6 lots 7 and 8, is pending but isn’t scheduled to close until Monday (April 30), Troutman said. In other business, the Board: • approved a mowing contract with Wineinger & Sons for $14,000, Troutman said, which will pay for 28 visit to several Village-owned parcels; • is sifting through applications for a part-time treasurer so someone could be hired next month; • OK’d a May 5 Cinco De Mayo event for May 5, when the 100 block of North Walnut will be closed from about noon to 10 p.m.; • approved contributing $1,000 for May 19’s “Day in the Park” event at Troutman Park; and • voted to grant a weekend liquor license to the Akron Princeville Fire Department for June 2223.

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RIVERS: Engineered to move commodities Continued from Page 1

“The canal was instrumental in Chicago’s growth,” said Michael Wiant, the interim director for the Illinois State Museum. “There’s a recognition there, navigability on the river would give vitality to the economy of Illinois.” Towns along the Illinois River, such as Naples, Grafton, Peoria and Beardstown, are the earliest communities in the region to be established. Ottawa had deposits of silica sand, that would be transported into Chicago for construction.

“You could begin to see the river as an artery that literally feeds the heart of the city,” Wiant said. Levees eventually were built along waterways to keep the river in place, and maintain a channel. That infrastructure decision also eventually drained floodplains and backwater habitats, which led to those areas becoming land for row-crop agriculture. “The river is largely, by the early part of the 20th century, engineered to handle that transportation issue that is having vitality,” Wiant said. “But it comes at a price of not only the natural powerhouse of the backwater lakes, things like commercial fishing industries are affected negatively. It changes the character of the river profoundly.” Natural habitats for ducks, fish and mussels were negatively affected and populations crashed, Wiant said. Eventually there were wildlife refuges established to give habitat to ducks to try to keep those population. “To maintain navigation, you need stable water levels. To get stable water levels you need locks and dams. To keep the channel in place you need levees,” Wiant said. “Levees then cut off the backwater lakes from the natural hydrology of the river, and while you’re producing agricultural commodities, which are good things to be sure, the price you’re paying, the natural habitats are deteriorated.” Using the Illinois River, as well as the Mississippi River, as economic engines for the transportation of goods continues today. In recent years, there has been an effort to increase the amount of commodities and goods that are moved down the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. America’s Central Port has been awarded a

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A square tub on blocks, used for boiling mussels, can be seen in front with shells lying on it. Two shell forks and clam dredge with a very long handle lean on a table used when harvesting the mussel meat.

$713,000 federal grant to help load containers on the Illinois River at Beardstown. The containers would be sent to Chicago to be loaded onto trains, or to St. Louis where containers would be placed on trains, or continue down the Mississippi River on barges to New Orleans. The project is still in the planning stages. Cargill has grain elevators along the Illinois River, in locations such as Havana. Barges are loaded and then sent down the river and eventually connected to the Mississippi River where they head toward the Gulf of Mexico where they are then shipped around the world to places such as Europe and Japan. “There’s an immense amount of grain that is transported along the river today,” Wiant said. “So, if you look at Naples, and Beardstown, and Meredosia and Havana, the number of elevators of grain handling facilities in Havana is stunning. They do an incredible amount of transportation of grain from that point.” According to the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, nearly $5 billion in annual revenue and 20,000 jobs are generated by commercial navi-

gation on that river. In 2015, 35 million tons of goods moved on the Mississippi River through the St. Louis area, according to data provided by the St. Louis Regional Freightway, which is a freight district and comprehensive authority for freight operations and opportunities within eight counties that compose the St. Louis metropolitan area. “It’s a combination that adds up to the St. Louis region having inexpensive barge freight rates for the handling of fertilizer, steel, manufactured goods, coal, petroleum products and agricultural commodities,” said Mary Lamie, executive director of the freightway. The St. Louis area, and the freightway district, has touted how one-third of all the river freight traffic from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Cairo, goes through the St. Louis region. The St. Louis Regional Freightway is promoting the Mississippi River between Illinois and Missouri as the “Ag Coast.” Ports in the St. Louis area are the northernmost ice-free and lock-free access ports to the Gulf of Mexico.

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BRIEFS At its April 10 meeting, Elmwood Township honored Carol Kemper and daughter Celene for the late Mark Kemper’s 23 years of service to the Elmwood Township Board, on which he served as a trustee. Presenting a plaque to Carol Kemper is Elmwood Township Supervisor Steve Conklin.

Elmwood still searching for a new treasurer

ELMWOOD – The search for a new city treasurer in Elmwood continues. Mayor Brian Davis told the City Council at its April 17 meeting that a candidate to replace retiring treasurer Dean Warner has withdrawn from consideration. Davis said that if another candidate does not materialize by the first meeting in May, he may appoint “another elected official” to take over the job temporarily. In other business, the City Council voted to make changes to its upcoming schedule of meetings. The Council voted to move its regular meetings in May and June to the first Thursday of the month, instead of the first Tuesday. The Council also voted to have one meeting in June, July and August. – Jeff Lampe

Yates City man earns scouting award

YATES CITY – G. Scott Gregg of Yates City was presented the Butch Parton Scouting Award of Excellence on April 14. The award is given in recognition of Gregg’s dedication and contributions to the Scouts of IllOWA Council.

Farm Bureau awards local scholarships

The Peoria County Farm Bureau Foundation has awarded five $1,000 scholarships to the following Peoria County students who will be pursuing an agriculture related degree. • Kylie Cagwin is the daughter of

Jeff and Shelley (Weaver) Cagwin and will graduate from Brimfield High School. Kylie has been a member of the Brimfield FFA four years, serving as the chapter Secretary and then President her Senior year. She plans to attend Illinois Central College this fall minoring in Ag Science and then transferring to Illinois State University. • Will Feucht is the son of Mark and Paula Feucht and will graduate from Princeville High School. Will was the Chaplain and Sentinel while in FFA for four years and as Treasurer in 4-H. He plans to attend Illinois Central College and pursue a degree in Ag Economics and then transfer to the University of Illinois. • Kelly Gill is the daughter of Peter and Suzanne Gill. She will graduate from Princeville High School. Kelly has served as the Section 5 FFA Treasurer and Chapter Secretary and Historian. She has also served as the President and Vice President of the Laura Winners 4-H Club. Kelly will pursue an Ag Education degree at the University of Illinois. • Breeanna Keyt is the daughter of Daniel and Debra Keyt and will

graduate from Brimfield High School. Breeanna has been involved in both FFA and 4-H serving in leadership roles as President, Secretary, and Reporter. She plans to pursue a degree in Veterinarian Technology at Black Hawk East. • Allison Sniff , a graduate of Illinois Valley Central High School in Chillicothe.

Brimfield class raising money for local family

BRIMFIELD – Seniors at Brimfield High School are organizing a charity golf scramble to raise money for a local family as part of their Advanced Social Studies class. Teacher Laura Putnam explained that “the goal of the entire class is to ‘make the world around them a better place.’” The golf tournament on May 6 at 12:30 p.m. at Laurel Greens in Knoxville will raise money for a local family. Cost is $60 for greens fees, cart and steak dinner. Register by May 1 online at 34 or stop by the office at Brimfield High School.


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OBITUARIES Corinne L. DeMent

FARMINGTON – Corinne L. DeMent, 94, of Farmington, formerly of Elmwood, passed away at 10:25 a.m., on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Farmington Country Manor. She was born on April 3, 1924, in Faith, South Dakota, to Joseph and Laura (Heron) Spencer. She married James Donald on May 12, 1945, in San Diego, California. He preceded her in death in 1983. Surviving are DeMent three children, Terry (Howard) Bernard of Elmwood, James “Barry” (Wanda) DeMent of Elmwood, and Wendy (Brad) Studt of Glenview; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four greatgreat-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Bert Spencer; and two sisters, Mary Jane Thorne and Eva Osterberg. Corinne served in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1945 where she met her husband. She was also a member of the local American Legion and V.F.W. A funeral service was held April 22 at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A private burial of ashes will be held at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society and B.Y.E. To leave online condolences, please visit

Barbara D. Hohenbery

PRINCEVILLE – Barbara Diane Hohenbery, 76, of Princeville, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 6:12 p.m. at UnityPoint Proctor Hospital in Peoria. She was born on March 2, 1942, in

This Week’s Obituaries • Corinne L. DeMent, 94, Farmington • Roland C. Detmers, 72, Farmington • Lois Dietrich, 89, Brimfield • Charles ‘Gene’ Ferguson, 76, Elmwood • William C. Greenway, 62, Brimfield • Barbara D. Honenbery, 76, Princeville • James E. Kuntz, 91, Princeville • Barb Lesones, 70, Farmington • Sherryl Leigh Palmer, 63, Elmwood • June E. Russell, 90, Elmwood

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Henry, Ill., to Hugh E. and Hildreth J. (Howell) Balzell; they both preceded her in death. She married Kenny Hohenbery on Dec. 29, 1960, in Chillicothe; he survives. Also surviving are three children; John (Polly) Hohenbery of Versailles, Joseph (Julie) Hohenbery of Edwards and Jill Hohenbery of Princeville; five grandchildren, Ashton, Brisyn, Taygen, Jack and Hohenbery Alexis; and one sister, Carol McCusky of Peoria. Barbara was a homemaker, who loved her family deeply. She enjoyed cooking for them, spending time with her grandchildren and attending their sporting events. Funeral service were April 23 at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville. Burial was in Princeville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Akron-Princeville Fire and Rescue Department. Condolences may be left for Barbara’s family on her tribute wall at

Barb Lesones

FARMINGTON – Beverly S. Lesones, 70, of Farmington, passed

away at 10:51 a.m., on Friday, April 20, 2018, at Farmington Country Manor. She was born on August 5, 1947, to Dexter “Andy” Anderson and Jessie (Turner) Newman. She married Jack Wells in 1967. He preceded her in death on 1970. She then married Daniel Lesones on October 31, 1970. He preceded her in death on March 8, 1999. She is survived by her mother; four children, Sue Ellen Sorrells of Bartonville, Lisa Ford of Macomb, LaDonna Boxley of Farmington, and Joline (Jason) Worsfold of rural Elmwood; one sister Debra Anderson; twelve grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren. She is also preceded in death by her father; one Lesones son, Gregory “Bubba” Lesones; and one sister, Jeanette Condon. Beverly was a homemaker and was also an Activity Director at Rosewood Terrace in Elkhart, Indiana, and Heartland in Macomb for over 10 years. In her later years, she joined the Red Hat Society and enjoyed playing BUNKO. Even though she had Parkinson’s Disease for 25 years, it didn’t have her. She was a fun-loving, sassy woman, who devoted her entire life to her family. Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Farmington Moose. Memorials may be made to Farmington Country Manor and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. To leave online condolences, please visit Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

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ELMWOOD – June E. Russell, 90, of Metamora, formerly of Peoria, Elmwood and Eureka, passed away at 7:50 a.m., Friday, April 20, 2018, at her home. Christian funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Liberty Bible Church in Eureka. Pastor Tom Zobrist and Pastor Dan Waller will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Liberty Bible Church and one-half hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Private interment will take place after the services on Wednesday at Elmwood Cemetery. June was born June 17, 1927 in Millville, MN to Otto and Mary (Sipe) Laskowske. She was married to Charles H. Butler from 1947 until 1967. She later married Dr. Robert W. Russell in Peoria on August 29, 1969. He survives. Also surviving are four children, Russell Patrick Butler of Fallbrook, Cal.; Thomas Butler of Scottsdale, Ariz.; John Butler of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Ann Butler McLearen of Wheaton, Ill.; two stepchildren, James Russell of Towanda, Ill.; and Susan Russell Wetherell of Santa Ross Beach, Fla.; many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren as well as one brother, Victor Laskowske of Grand Prairie, Texas, and one Sister, Rose Folken of Austin, Minn. She was preceded in death by her birth parents, Otto and Mary Sipe Laskowske, two brothers, one sister, and her foster parents, Laurel and Ruby Johnston of Newport, Minn., who raised her from the age of six. Later she completed her upbringing with Ruby Johnston Blomberg and Harry Blomberg of Emerald, Wis. June spent a short amount of time in the State orphanage in Owatonna, Minn.

She graduated from Clear Lake, Wis., High School in 1945, attended one year of college at Stout-U of WI-Menomonie, Wis., worked in offices and stores until 1961, then returned to college for two years, graduating from Bradley University, with honors, August of 1963. She was a primary school teacher for 19 years, then was a bookkeeper in her husband’s office until he retired in 1987. Her memberships included several teachers and historical organizations, and local church and homemakers groups. She was also a member of Liberty Bible Church in Eureka, Ill., and a devout re-born Christian. June enjoyed reading, sewing and decorating, corresponding with others, her extended family and meeting new folks “wherever”. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Russell Family Scholarship Fund, Illinois Central College Educational Foundation, 1 College Drive, East Peoria, Ill., 61611 for the benefit of Woodford County applicants pursuing a fouryear college degree or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online tributes and condolences may be made at

Rolan G. Detmers

FARMINGTON – Rolan G. Detmers, 72, formerly of Farmington, died April 17 at Marlene Home in Peoria, IL. Surviving are two step-sisters, Rose M. (Raymond) Schenck of Willow Springs, N.C., and Katherine A. Murphy. Services were April 21 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Burial was at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Washington. Condolences may be left online at

Lois Dietrich

BRIMFIELD – Lois M. Dietrich, 89, of Brimfield died April 21 at her daughter’s house in Pekin. She was born on Nov. 20, 1928, in Monmouth to William L. and Margaret Elizabeth Robison Bab-

bitt. She married August “Bus” Dietrich on Nov. 2, 1947, in Tremont, and he died Dec. 1, 2013. Surviving are four sons, Bill (Jan) Dietrich of Washington, Karl (Susie) Dietrich of Brimfield, John (Paula) Dietrich of Chillicothe and Kenny (Roxanne) Dietrich of Brimfield; three daughters, Betty (Sam) Maupin of Henry, Mary Hull of Pekin and Marj (Jerry) Warren of Pekin; 20 grandchildren; 27 greatgrandchildren; two great-greatgrandchildren; and one sister, Thelma Strunk of Tremont. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Jesse; one son-in-law, David Hull; and two sisters. Lois was a homemaker. She was a long-time member of Elmwood Presbyterian Church, where she played piano for Sunday school services and sang in the choir. Her funeral is today, April 26, at Davis-Oswald Funeral Home in Tremont. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Condolences may be left online at

William C. Greenway

BRIMFIELD – William C. Greenway, “W.C,” 62, of Peoria, father of a Brimfield man, died April 16 at Waverly Place in Stockton. He was born to Francis and Betty (Roberts) Greenway on July 23, 1953, in Parsons, Tenn. William is survived by his father, Francis Greenway of Peoria; his two sons, Christopher (Polly) Greenway of Brimfield, and Andrew Greenway of Mackinaw; his two sisters, Meg (David) Hamilton of Wyoming, Ill., and Tina (Chuck) Johnson of Bloomington; his four brothers, Billy Greenway of Mackinaw, Robbie Greenway of Peoria, Donnie (Wanda) of Wyoming, and David Greenway of Peoria; and his six loving grandchildren, Jordan, Nicholas, Abigail, Emma, Andrew Jr. and Elijah. A celebration of life service was held April 23. More Obituaries Page 16

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AREA CHURCHES BRIMFIELD St. Joseph Catholic Church Father John Verrier 314 W. Clay, Brimfield (309) 446-3275 Sat. Confession: 3:30-4:45 pm Sat. Mass: 5 pm Sun. Mass: 10:30 am (10 am in the summer) Daily Mass: Tues.-Fri. 8 am

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod “Preaching Christ Crucified” “Liturgical & Reverential” Pastor Michael Liese 204 W. Clay St., Brimfield (309) 446-3233 Sun. Divine Service: 10 am

Brimfield E-Free Church Pastor Donald Blasing 11724 Maher Road Brimfield, IL 61517 (309) 446-3571 Worship: 10:30 am Sunday School: 9:30 am AWANA: Wed. 6:15 pm, ages 3-12

Brimfield United Methodist Church Pastor David Mustain

135 S. Galena St., Brimfield (309) 446-9310 Sun. Worship: 9 am Sun. School: 9 am Thurs. Bible Study: 7 pm

Union Church at Brimfield United Church of Christ Pastor Stephen Barch 105 W. Clay Street, Brimfield (309) 446-3811 Sunday Worship: 9 am Tuesday Bible Study: 6:30 pm First Sunday each month is Communion Sunday (gluten free communion offered)

DAHINDA Dahinda United Methodist Church 1739 Victoria Street, PO Box 14, Dahinda IL 61428 Church phone: 309-639-2768 Email: Sunday services: 9:30 am

DOUGLAS Douglas United Methodist Church Pastor Krey Leesman 484 3rd St. Yates City, IL 61572 (NOTE: Church is actually lo-

cated in Douglas) Sun. worship: 8:30 a.m.


(309) 830-4259 Wed. Worship: 7 pm Sun. Worship: 10:30 am

Bethany Baptist Church

Elmwood Baptist Church

7422 N. Heinz Ln., Edwards (309) 692-1755 Sun. Worship 8:15 & 11 am Wednesday Awana: 6:15 pm

Pastor TBA 701 W. Dearborn St., Elmwood (309) 742-7631, 742-7911 Sun. School: 9:30 am Sun Worship: 10:30 am, 6 pm Wed. Prayer Meeting: 7 pm

Christ Alive! Community Church Pastor Lance Zaerr 9320 W US Hwy 150, Edwards (309) 231-8272 Sun. School: 9:15 am Worship: 10:30 am

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Father Joseph Dondanville 9910 W. Knox St., Edwards (309) 691-2030 Sat. Confession: 3-3:45 pm Sat. Mass: 4 pm Sun Masses: 7 & 11:00 am Mon. Mass: 5:30 pm Daily Masses: Wed-Fri. 8 am

ELMWOOD Crossroads Assembly of God Pastor Tim Cavallo 615 E. Ash St., Elmwood

First Presbyterian Church of Elmwood Reverend Marla B. Bauler 201 W. Evergreen, Elmwood (309) 742-2631 Sun. Worship: 10:30 am Sun. School: 9:30 am

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Father Joseph Dondanville 802 W. Main St., Elmwood (309) 742-4921 Sat. Mass: 5:30 pm Sun. Mass: 9 am Tues. Mass: 8 am Tues. Confession: After mass

United Methodist Church of Elmwood Pastor David Pyell 821 W. Main St., Elmwood (309) 742-7221

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Sunday School: 10:15 am


Father John Verrier Legion Road Knox Road 1450 N Williamsfield (309) 446-3275 Sun. Confession: 7:30-8 am Sun. Mass: 8 am (8:30 am in the summer)

First Presbyterian Church of Farmington Reverend Dr. Linda Philabaun 83 N. Cone Street, Farmington (309) 245-2914 Sunday School: 9:30 am Fellowship: 10:30 am Worship: 11:00 am

New Hope Fellowship Assembly of God Pastor Tom Wright 1102 N. Illinois Route 78 Farmington (309) 231-8076 Sun. Worship: 10 am Wed. Worship: 7 pm

PRINCEVILLE Princeville United Methodist Church Pastor Zach Waldis 420 E. Woertz, Princeville (309) 385-4487 Sun. Worship: 9 am

WILLIAMSFIELD St. James Catholic Church

Williamsfield United Methodist Church Pastor Jennifer Lynn Bradford Seder 430 N.. Chicago Ave. Williamsfield (309) 639-2389 Sun. School 9:30 am Hospitality (coffee & finger foods) 10:30 am Sun. Worship 11 am

YATES CITY Faith United Presbyterian Church Reverend Marla B. Bauler 107 W. Bishop St., Yates City (309) 358-1170 Worship: 9 am Sun. School: 10:15 am Thurs. Choir: 7 pm

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Charles “Gene” Ferguson

ELMWOOD – Charles “Gene” Ferguson, 76 of East Peoria, stepfather of an Elmwood woman, died April 18 at UnityPoint HealthMethodist in Peoria. Surviving are his three sons, Garrot Ferguson, Rick Ferguson and Randy Guerrero all of Peoria; his stepdaughter, Amber (David) Larsen of Elmwood, and stepson, Ronnie Snare of East Peoria; several grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; and four siblings. Condolences may be left online at

James E. Kuntz

PRINCEVILLE – James E. “Jim” Kuntz, 91, of Princeville died at his

home on Tuesday, April 17. He was born on Feb. 23, 1927, the son of Edward R. and Ida (Gudeman) Kuntz. Jim married Sara Lou Diefenthaler on June 25, 1950, in Oconee, Ill.. She survives. Also surviving are four children, Daniel (Jan) Kuntz of Sycamore, Sheryl Bardell of Pekin, Robert (Karen) Kuntz of Richmond, Kentucky and Nancy (Mike) Rabbitt of Springfield, Missouri; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald Kuntz of Streator; one sister, Mary Lou Dobat of Michigan; and one sisterin-law, Marilyn Kuntz of Princeville. Jim’s funeral was April 21 at the Princeville Presbyterian Church.

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Burial was in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Condolences may be left online at

Sherryl Leigh Palmer

ELMWOOD – Sherryl “Sherry” Leigh Palmer of Pompano Beach, Fla., 63, sister of an Elmwood woman, died on April 17. She is survived by her step-father Robert V. Knox; her brother, Stan (Beth Ellen) Ethridge; her beloved sister Micki (Kevin) McCarthy, of Elmwood, and their four children and three grandchildren. Sherry was preceded in death by her mother, Leslie J. Knox, and her father, Donald Fulton.

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BASEBALL: Indians win in last two Continued from Page 24 Williamsfield on April 19. Brimfield-Elmwood The Indians (14-4) bounced back from a loss Saturday with two wins so far this week. Victories came Tuesday over Bushnell-Prairie City (13-3) and Monday over Midland (11-0). Cale Thompson was 4-for-4 and had a home run against B-PC. Four B-E pitchers shut out Midland, with Caileb Johnson earning the win after fanning four and allowing one hit in three innings. Ethan Jehle was 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.

Bats were colder against A-Town on Saturday in a 3-1 loss, as Johnson’s double was one of only four hits. Parker Pillman took the loss despite yielding just four hits and fanning eight in five innings. ROWVA-Williamsfield The Cougars (13-6) bounced back from a doubleheader loss to Mercer County on Saturday by pounding 12 hits in a 16-4 win at Delavan on Monday. Tucker Sams was 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and a double to head up the potent R-W hitting attack, which also saw Jason Clark add two hits (double and triple) and Austin Batterson and Ryan

Swanson score three times apiece. Batterson got the win by getting two strikeouts in relief. Things were tougher Saturday vs. Mercer County. Batterson and Sams had two hits each in a 4-2 loss and Gunner Johnston and Dane Libby each had two hits in the 3-2 loss. Charlie Gibbons and Nick Malek allowed three hits but took the loss. Last Thursday, Clark had a grand slam and six RBI in a 16-2 win at Farmington. Johnston was 3-for-3 with two doubles and Malek had three RBI. Dane Libby and Matthew Jones combined on a two-hitter. Princeville The Princes (13-7) bookended two blowout wins around a pair of tough losses

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to Ridgewood on Monday. Tuesday’s 22-0 win over Quest came as virtually the entire roster played and Peter Gilroy collected three hits and scored four times. Finley Crear, Jack Arnett and Eli Wieland combined to allow one hit to quest, which has reportedly not scored a run all season. Prior to that, the Princes lost 5-4 at Ridgwood on a walk-off single in the 11th inning and 5-2 despite Justin Janssen and Kirkland Herold collecting two hits apiece. Last Thursday, Princeville routed Stark County, 12-2, as Janssen drove in two with a triple and Matthew Butterfield and Crear had two hits apiece. The Princes also stole eight bases.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT FULTON COUNTY, ILLINOIS IN PROBATE IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ) ) Case No. 18-PP-0035 ROBERT J. PALLEY, DECEASED ) CLAIM DAY NOTICE Notice is given to creditors of the death of Robert J. Palley. Letters of office were issued on April 23, 2018, to MARK DAVIS, 5756 Chance Drive North, Apt. B, Horn Lake, MS 38637, as Independent Administrator, whose attorney of record is Froehling, Weber & Schell, LLP (NANCY A. SCHELL), 165 East Fort Street, Farmington, Illinois 61531, Phone #309/245-2474, Fax #309/245-2475. Administration of this estate will be without court supervision, unless an interested party requests supervised administration pursuant to a petition filed under 755 ILCS 5/28-4. Claims must be filed on or before October 30, 2018 (being a date not less than six (6) months from the date of the first publication of this notice, or three (3) months from the date of mailing or delivery of this notice to creditors, whichever is later), and any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Claims must be filed in the Office of the Fulton County Circuit Clerk, 100 North Main, Lewistown, Illinois, 61542. When filed with the court, the claimant within ten (10) days after filing his or her claim with the court: (1) shall cause a copy of the claim to be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney of record, unless the representative or the attorney has in writing either consented to the allowance of the claim or waived mailing or delivery of the copies, and (2) shall file with the court proof of any required mailing or delivery of copies. Dated this 24th day of April, 2018. MARK DAVIS, as Independent Administrator of the Estate of ROBERT J. PALLEY, deceased By: /S/ NANCY A. SCHELL Nancy A. Schell, his attorney NANCY A. SCHELL Froehling, Weber & Schell, LLP Attorneys for Estate 165 East Fort Street, Farmington, IL 61531 Phone: 309/245-2474

one! Kitchen gadgets/gizmos and more, Monster High doll and accessories, American Girl Doll furniture, clothing and more! Toys, games, puzzles, household decorations, power washer and hose, canning equipment, picture frames, sheets, blankets, Christmas Decorations, Hallmark ornaments, 31 Bags, girls softball bag, helmet, glove and cleats, Igloo coolers, kids books and more books, TONS of movies for all ages, pack and play, potty chair, infant tub, twin headboard and

frame, wallpaper steamer, and too much more to list individually! Also, we will have craft items made by my Jr. High student and that money will be donated to St. Jude. Not responsible for accidents. Oak Run Community-Wide Yard Sales Saturday, May 5 8:00 am - 3:00 pm at various Oak Run Homes Maps available at Oak Run POA office Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

CLAIM NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ILLINOIS, PEORIA COUNTY In Re ESTATE OF ) ETHEL LUCILLE RUMBOLD, ) No. 18-P-00146 Deceased. ) NOTICE is given to creditors of the death of ETHEL LUCILLE RUMBOLD, on March 30, 2018. Letters of Office were issued by the above entitled Court to JAMES B. RASSI, of 111 Schramm Drive, Pekin, Illinois 61554, and JOYCE ANN KAMP, of 200 Spring Creek Road, Washington, Illinois 61571, as Executors, whose attorneys of record are WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD., 118 West Main Street, P. O. Box 368, Elmwood, Illinois, 61529-0368. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the Circuit Clerk's Office, Peoria County Courthouse, Peoria, Illinois, or with the representatives or both on or before the 2nd day of November, 2018 or if mailing or delivery of a Notice from the representatives is required by Sec. 18-3 of the Probate Act of 1975, the date stated in that Notice. Every claim filed must be in writing and state sufficient information to notify the representative of the nature of the claim or other relief sought. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the representatives and to the attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed and shall file with the Court, proof of any required mailing or delivery of copies. DATED this 18th day of April, 2018. JAMES B. RASSI and JOYCE ANN KAMP, Executors of the Estate of ETHEL LUCILLE RUMBOLD, Deceased. WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD. Attorneys for the Executors 118 West Main Street P. O. Box 368 Elmwood, Illinois 61529-0368 Telephone: (309) 742-3611 Attorney No. 398 Firm No. 675



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ILLINOIS, PEORIA COUNTY In Re ESTATE OF ) MURIEL DAVIS, ) No. 18-P-00134 Deceased. ) NOTICE is given to creditors of the death of MURIEL DAVIS on March 25, 2018. Letters of Office were issued by the above entitled Court to WAYNE L. DAVIS, of 108 East Butternut Street, Elmwood, Illinois 61529, as Executor, whose attorneys of record are WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD., 118 West Main Street, P. O. Box 368, Elmwood, Illinois, 61529-0368. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the Circuit Clerk's Office, Peoria County Courthouse, Peoria, Illinois, or with the representative or both on or before the 26th day of October, 2018, or if mailing or delivery of a Notice from the representative is required by Sec. 18-3 of the Probate Act of 1975, the date stated in that Notice. Every claim filed must be in writing and state sufficient information to notify the representative of the nature of the claim or other relief sought. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the representative and to the attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed and shall file with the Court, proof of any required mailing or delivery of copies..

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ILLINOIS, PEORIA COUNTY In Re ESTATE OF ) JUDITH A. JOHNSON, ) No. 18-P-00153 Deceased. ) NOTICE is given to creditors of the death of JUDITH A. JOHNSON on December 17, 2017. Letters of Office were issued by the above entitled Court to GARY E. JOHNSON, of 114 Spinnaker Way, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801, as Executor, whose attorneys of record are WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD., 118 West Main Street, P. O. Box 368, Elmwood, Illinois, 61529-0368. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the Circuit Clerk's Office, Peoria County Courthouse, Peoria, Illinois, or with the representative or both on or before the 2nd day of November, 2018, or if mailing or delivery of a Notice from the representative is required by Sec. 18-3 of the Probate Act of 1975, the date stated in that Notice. Every claim filed must be in writing and state sufficient information to notify the representative of the nature of the claim or other relief sought. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the representative and to the attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed and shall file with the Court, proof of any required mailing or delivery of copies.

DATED this 5th day of April, 2018. WAYNE L. DAVIS, Executor of the Estate of MURIEL DAVIS, Deceased. WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD. Attorneys for the Executor 118 West Main Street P. O. Box 368 Elmwood, Illinois 61529-0368 Telephone: (309) 742-3611

DATED this 18th day of April, 2018. GARY E. JOHNSON, Executor of the Estate of JUDITH A. JOHNSON, Deceased. WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD. Attorneys for the Executor 118 West Main Street P. O. Box 368 Elmwood, Illinois 61529-0368 Telephone: (309) 742-3611

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Moving Sale 400 N. Kellogg, Yates City Saturday, April 29 9:00 am – Noon Miscellaneous items.

CAMPING • CAMPGROUND: Happy Hollow Lake, Knox County, private campground. We have several spots open. Water, electric, dump station $490 year. Call Stan at (309) 678 1636.

FOR SALE • LIVESTOCK: Reg. Katahdin Ram Lamb, big & beautiful $300. Bourbon red turkey rooster, 1 yr. $35. Chestnut mare $600. (309) 639-2111.. • GRAIN BINS & HAY: Grain bins, 3,500-bushel grain bins, 18 ft. diameter, 7 ring, small door, good condition $350 each. Grass hay-square bales-no rain, $4 per bale. (309) 635-4575. • COMPOST/ROCK: Mushroom compost for gardens, flower beds and lawns. Black dirt, grey landscape rock, CA6 white rock, 4x8 recon, 1”- 3” white rock. Delivery available. Call (309) 4935881 Ron & Sue Eberle. • HOUSE: 476 S. Main St., Farmington – 1,900 square feet, 3-4 bedroom, 1½ bath, large half-finished basement, 4car heated garage, large backyard. (309) 645-8731.

HELP WANTED • TRUCK DRIVERS: Must have CDL. Stahl Ready Mix Concrete, Wyoming, IL. Apply in person. • WANTED TO HIRE: Dump truck driver: experienced in hauling rock, lime, etc. Must have clean DMV. We offer health/vision insurance and simple IRA. Please call (309) 879-2221.

FOR RENT • COMMERCIAL PROPERTY: For rent in downtown Farmington, $500 per month plus utilities. (309) 224-1002. • ELMWOOD: 2nd floor 2 bedroom apartment with appliances, air conditioner, water and garbage service provided. Off street parking. No pets. $450 deposit, $450 per month. (309) 231-1588. • BRIMFIELD: 2-3 bedroom w/detached garage. Large yard. Water paid. On school bus route for Brimfield. Stove & fridge furnished. No laundry, nearest laundry is 15 min away in Elmwood. NO pets. 1-year lease. $675/mo Deposit $675. Please call Brandi at (309) 678-1721. • YATES CITY: 1 bed, 1 bath, ground floor apartment. $425 per month. Rent includes lights, heat, a/c, water, trash pick-up, and lawn care. Available immediately. First, last, and references required. Call (309) 351-5052.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING On May 4th at 10:30 a.m. A MEETING CONDUCTED BY Brimfield Community Unit School District #309 will take place at the Brimfield High School in the Superintendent’s office. The purpose of the meeting will be discuss the district’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 2018-2019 school year. If you are a parent of a home-schooled student who has been, or may be identified with a disability, and you reside within the boundaries of Brimfield CUSD #309, you are urged to attend. If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, PLEASE CONTACT ROBERT RICHARDSON AT 309-4463378.

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Following is the Consumer Confidence Report for the City of Elmwood, Illinois. Since our public water supply experienced no violations during 2017, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued our supply a waiver from the hand-delivery or direct-mail methods of delivery. However, if you would like a copy of this report, you may pick one up at the Elmwood City Hall during regular business hours. However, if you would like a copy of this report, you may pick one up at the Elmwood City Hall during regular business hours.

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

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TRACK: E-B boys, girls 2nd at Trojan Invite Continued from Page 24

Cation in the 1,600 (4:51.75) and 800 (2:10.66). The boys also won Friday’s nine-team Tuffy Bowen Invitational with 159 points to 103 for No. 2 Deer Creek-Mackinaw. Farmington won the 4x100 relay (45.18) and 4x200 relay (1:36.22) and also got first-place finishes from Cation in the 800 (2:03.04) and 1,600 (4:46.62), Carter Hintz in the pole vault (11-8) and Ethan Kenney in the discus (130-1). Judd Anderson won three events: the 110 hurdles (16.02), the 200 (23.65) and the 400 (52.36). Farmington’s girls also won the Tuffy Bowen meet and were third in the Fulton County meet. Jordan Peckham was her usual dominant self, winning the 100 (12.82 and 12.66) and anchoring winning relays in the 4x100 (51.28 and 51.76), the 4x200 (1:48.55 and 1:50.8) and 4x400 (4:12.84). Megan Gilstrap also won the shotput on Friday (36-4.5), when other winners were Sarah Litchfield (9-8), and Bridget Kalb in the high jump (410). • Elmwood-Brimfield – While E-B was second to

Eleanore Burwell got a fast start for Elmwood-Brimfield in its winning 4x100 relay Monday. Photo by Emmie Crisco.

Eureka in both the boys and girls team competitions at the Trojan Invite on Monday in Elmwood, there were plenty of highlights for the host team. Girls winners included Megan Bowers in the 400 (1:03.39), Emily McCauley in the 800 (2:33.66) , Zofia LeHew in the high jump (5-2) and the 4x100 relay (53.18) of Eleanore Burwell, LeHew, Kate Yurkovich and Bowers. “It was our best overall team meet of the year,” said coach Marcy Brugger, noting the 4x800 relay’s time of 10:23.22 was its best of the season and Anna Roberts placed second in discus (94-5). Boys coach Gregg Meyers said his team’s performance was good, with some showings that

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stood out from the others. “In the distance races, Trevor Dunkel’s 4:36 in the 1,600 and Luke Hoffmann’s 10:16 in the 3,200 were not only good wins, but also very good times,” said Meyers, noting the 4x100 relay ran its best time this year in 46.65, Ricky Hightower continued to jump well in winning with a 6-1 and Caleb Calhoun had a personal besttime in placing third in the the 300 hurdles (43.92). • Princeville – The Lady Princes also had good showings at the Trojan Invite. Libby Martin was second in the 100 (13.74) and 200 (28.32) and took fourth in the 400 (1:06.91). Emily Green was second in the 100 hurdles

(17.69) and Sorin Hilsabeck was second in the 3,200 (12:53.88) and fourth in the 1,600. Finally, Princeville’s 4x100 relay of Green, Carrie Gill, Grace Dearing and Martin was second in 53.22. On the boys side, coach Jon Carruthers had praise for several athletes. “Cody Thole has been doing well in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles and his times have been dropping,” Carruthers said. “Peyton Martin has been very consistent in the 100 and 200. Nick Miller has been improving in the two-mile. Briar Hilsabeck is coming on strong in the 800 and mile. And Andrew Spurgeon set a new personal record in the discus at Eureka last week throwing 116-4.”

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SOFTBALL: R-W gets back on winning track Continued from Page 24

RBI. In a second matchup on Saturday, the Lady Indians came up short to Barrington 4-2. A 1-0 lead after one and a 2-1 advantage after three was vanquished by three Barrington scores in the fourth. Ledbetter struck out five and gave up four hits but walked five. Gilles had a two bagger and an RBI. Maddie Noll drove in a run. After a 15-1 thrashing from Kaneland in Friday’s opener, B-E rebounded for a 3-2 win over Washington. The Lady Indians crossed the plate three times in the sixth thanks to a Gilles three-run home run. Ledbetter pitched a gem, striking out 11 and giving up two hits. “It was a good weekend for us, going 2-2 versus very good competition. The late, three-run home run by Gilles and Ledbetter’s strong pitching against Washington were key,” Lady Indians coach Kurt Juerjens said. “Alyssa pitched great versus LaSalle-Peru, and we had timely hitting. We’re really glad we played.”

Farmington Farmington (2-9) stayed with Dunlap on Monday on the road but couldn’t muster more than two runs in a 5-2 setback. Kloey Wheeler, Nicole Hahn in the circle and solid defense gave the Lady Farmers a chance but after one each in the first and second, the Lady Eagles shut down Farmington’s offense. Paige Vallianatos hit 2 for 4 with a double. Olivia Renken drove in both of the Lady Farmers’ runs, while hitting 2-for-3. Farmington traveled to Metamora Friday to take on strong competition versus the host team, followed by East Peoria. The Lady Farmers dropped the opener 13-9. Farmington had 10 hits that included a three- run round tripper from Macie Sprague and 2 for 4 hitting and two RBI off the bat of Vallianatos. In the nightcap Farmington fell 10-0 to the Lady Red Raiders. Sprague got two hits in three at bats. Farmington came up short to Havana in a Prairieland slugfest at Havana last Thursday. The

Lady Ducks were up 7-0 after four, but the Lady Farmers took the lead with eight in the fifth. Unfortunately for Farmington, Havana quickly bounced back with four to win. Lady Farmer home runs by Sprague, Vallianatos and Kayla Wiedemann weren’t quite enough. Offense also came from Renken with two doubles, Carly Behrens hitting 2 for 3 and Sydney Johnson going 2 for 2. “We hit good. Havana hit even better,” coach Jeni Fauser said. Princeville Princeville (11-6) nipped Lincoln Trail rival Ridgewood 2-1 on Monday on the road with outstanding complete game pitching from Haley Holt, who scattered seven hits, walked none and fanned eight. Emily Down batted 3 for 4 and drove in both runs for the Lady Princes. Caitlin Pullen hit a double, and Emma Lane had a triple. The Lady Princes crushed neighbor Stark County 11-1 at home last Thursday in Lincoln Trail action. Sixth in the third and three in the fourth would lead to the five inning win. Nine strikeouts, no free passes and the yielding of just three hits from within the circle by Holt also assured the result. Additionally, Holt had a home run and two RBI. Pullen had three RBI and a double. Down drove in two and hit a double. Taylor Sutherland added a double in the offensive outburst. “We are playing stronger and more consistent. Pullen, Emma Lane, Down and (Katelyn) Juskiv have been hitting well,”

Princeville coach Chad Gardner said. “Holt has been stronger in the circle and has been getting big hits for us.” Next up for Princeville is a home Lincoln Trail matchup versus ROWVAWilliamsfield today. ROWVA-Williamsfield After a difficult stretch of close setbacks, R-W (11-7) got back to winning on Monday with an 8-4 ICAC victory at Delavan. Tina Foglesong got the pitching win giving up just two hits while striking out six. Katelyn Aldred got the six-out save, giving up four hits but no walks and striking out three. Calyn Garza had a tworun home run. Foglesong was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Mallory Shea hit 2 for 4, and Aldred had a double. Tuesday’s 14-0 win over Stark County was even better as Katleyn Aldred allowed just one hit in five innings and Mallory Shea and Gionna Ott each had two hits. The Lady Cougars were dealt two one-run setbacks on Friday by Mercer County in Lincoln Trail play at Williamsfield, 2-1 and 10-9. Aldred turned in a strong pitching outing, managing to scatter 10 hits, just one earned run, one walk and four whiffs. Foglesong had two of the team’s four hits, and Garza hit a triple. While the day’s opener was a defensive battle, the nightcap was an offensive shootout. Swanson hit 3-for-4 with two RBI and Foglesong was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Tarryn Harvey drove in two runs. Garza, Aldred and Shea each drove in a run.

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Brimfield tops Princeville 10-0 win in battle of softball powers By PHIL JOHNSON

Brimfield-Elmwood (15-2) topped Princeville 10-0 on Tuesday in a battle of area softball powers. Alyssa Roll allowed just three hits in six innings and fanned nine for the Lady Indians, who rapped out 10 hits and scored seven times in the third inning. Leadoff hitter Haley Wallace was 3-for-3 with two doubles and three runs scored, No. 2 hitter Grace LaFollett also had three hits and Montana Ledbetter and Delaney Smith both belted home runs. On Monday, B-E picked up a 4-2 ICAC comeback victory over Illini For The Weekly Post

Farmington’s boys track team won the Fulton County track meet Monday at Canton, scoring 204 points – well ahead of runnerup Canton. The Farmers also won three relays, including this one in which Dash Anderson handed off to Jake Uryasz. Photo by Dave Giagnoni.

Farmington track on win streak By JEFF LAMPE

The Farmington boys track team has gone 2-for-2 in its last two meets, winning its own Tuffy Bowen Invitational last Friday and then claiming the Fulton County meet on Monday at Canton. “I am pleased because we are pointed in the right direcWeekly Post Staff Writer

tion,” Farmington coach Jim Hardesty said. “We tell the kids all season we are preparing for the big meets in May, so it’s almost time to see what we can accomplish.” At the Fulton County meet, Farmers boys winners included the 4x100 relay (45.29), the 4x200 relay, the

4x400 relay (3:43.21), Judd Anderson in the 110 (15.55) and 300 hurdles (40.41), Dylan Walton in the 400 (53.95) and long jump (193.5), Dash Anderson in the triple jump (39-4.25), Jake Uryasz in the high jump (5foot-8), Jack Fletcher in the 100 (11.84) and Andrew Continued on Page 22

Bluffs in Glasford. IB was up 2-0 until B-E tied it in the fifth with an Olivia Gilles two -un homer. In the sixth, Wallace broke the stalemate with an RBI single. Ledbetter tossed all seven innings, striking out 14, walking four and allowing three hits. The Lady Indians went to Washington for the Panther Classic Friday and Saturday. Roll pitched a 4-1 win over LaSalle-Peru in Saturday’s first game, scattering five hits. A three-run third was plenty of offense for Roll and B-E. Ledbetter drove in two runs and had a double, while Wallace hit 2-for 3-with an Continued on Page 23

Farmington bouncing back By JEFF LAMPE

Despite a young team that has endured a rocky start, Farmington has improved to play its best baseball of late. A dramatic win Tuesday gave the Farmers (4-10) a 3-1 mark in their last four games. Farmington scored three times in the bottom of the seventh Tuesday to topple AbingdonAvon, 5-4. The capper was a walk-off suicide squeeze bunt by Alejandro Romero to score Nick Johnson. Johnson Weekly Post Staff Writer

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pitched six strong innings to keep the Farmers in range, fanning seven and allowing just two hits. Austin Winters, Johnson, Romero, Kyle Voland and Jacob Johnson had the Farmers hits. On Saturday the Farmers beat North Fulton 6-1 as Cade Lansford pitched six no-hit innings, fanned eight and hit a triple. Ben Behrens was 2-for-2 in the win with a pair of runs scored. That helped the Farmers recover from a 16-2 loss to ROWVAContinued on Page 19

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