Week of June 19, 2024

  • You Can't Fix Stupid

    Dan Stevens

    Let me ask you something, if you had been told before you decided to run for office, that if you won it would mean doing work on Saturdays in order to prepare for the Monday meetings, would you have the intestinal fortitude to complain about it, and try to change the entire system? During last week’s Freeport City COW (Committee of the Whole) meeting, Alderman Cecelia Stacy and Rachel Simmons put forth a discussion that asked for the Agenda for the Monday meetings to come out before late...

  • JDCF Announces Opening Of Big Sky Nature Reserve

    The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) is pleased to announce that the Home Farm Section of the Big Sky Nature Reserve is now open to the public for pedestrian use of 15 miles of hiking trails! Seasonal horseback access will run from August 1-31 this year as JDCF works out the logistics of having horse trails on one of its preserves for the first time. The new 488-acre Home Farm Section site has joined with the adjacent Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary to create a now 900-acre natural area...

  • Fat Guys With Forks

    Dan Stevens

    China Buffet A Fat Guy Favorite In all honesty, the plan was to restart the Fat Guys. With Forks restaurant reviews at Cimmino's Pizza for their pasta buffet. I mean, it's listed on their menu, and when we had tried it before, it rocked. But upon entry, we found out the hard way that the staff had no idea what buffet we were talking about, so ... off to China Buffet. I would be the first one to admit that the Pandemic hit area restaurants hard, and the China Buffet was no different. For a long...

  • Point To Ponder

    Dan Stevens

    People ask me why I love going to all of the High School sports contests all the time. When taken as a whole, it does seem rather exhausting. Driving to the four corners of our region to watch a battle between Scales Mound and Warren, then staying up late at night making sure the story is written on the internet, then getting up the next day knowing that I will repeat the process yet again once the sun begins to go down. Friday nights in the Fall are the most hectic - I try and get to at least...

  • Preacher's Piece

    Kevin Cernak

    There was a moment when Moses had the nerve to ask God what His name is. God was gracious enough to answer, and the name He gave is recorded in the original Hebrew as YHWH. In order to pronounce it we added the vowels A and an E to get YAHWEH, presumably because we have a preference for vowels but scholars and rabbis have noted that the letters YHWH represent breathing sounds or aspirated consonants. When pronounced without intervening vowels, it actually sounds like breathing. YH (inhale) WH...

  • Where Are They Now

    McKendree University Graduates McKendree University congratulates its Class of 2024 graduates on their achievements! #McK2024 Katherine Meusel of Scales Mound, Ill. Tessa Tucker of Stockton, Ill. Founded in 1828, McKendree University's historic Lebanon, Ill., campus is 25 miles from St. Louis, Mo. McKendree also offers degree programs online and is one of U.S. News' "Best Regional Universities," "Best Value Schools" and "Best Colleges for Veterans" in the Midwest. UW-Whitewater Dean's List The following students were named to the University...

  • Area Students Honored At State FFA

    Several area FFA chapters attended the 96th annual Illinois State FFA Convention June 11-13 along with more than 5,000 other FFA members, advisors, and guests. With a 2024 theme of "United As One," the three-day event annually recognizes achievements of Illinois FFA members, elects the major state officer team, and celebrates agriculture. During the convention, the following awards were presented to local FFA chapters. Eastland Ella Gunderson, Cole Huber, Lauren Johnson, Jenica Stoner, and...

  • Lighter Side

    I’m one of those people who will ask what’s for dinner while eating lunch. Don’t judge me, I love food. If I share my food with you, it’s either because I love you a lot, or because it fell on the floor and I don’t want it. I can usually come up with two good ideas for dinner. But seven nights a week? Come On! Beer! It’s what’s for dinner. My cooking is so fabulous, even the smoke alarm cheers me on. I always cook with wine … sometimes, I even add it to the food. I’m a second hand vegetarian. Cow eats grass, I eat cow. What...

  • Battle Of The Apple River Fort

    This year marks the 192nd anniversary of the Battle of the Apple River Fort. In the spring of 1832, Black Hawk led over a thousand of Sauk and Fox warriors and civilians back into Illinois to try and reclaim their lands. His return caused a panic, and settlers across northwestern Illinois and southern Wisconsin began to build small forts to defend themselves-one such fort was built at the Apple River Settlement, now Elizabeth, IL. On June 24, 1832, the Apple River Fort was attacked by two...

  • Obituaries

    Elizabeth William (Bill) Egnathaus Holland, 99 William (Bill) Egnathaus Holland 99 years old born June 1, 1925 son of Herman and Anna (Gruber) Holland passed on June 7, 2024. Bill was born on his maternal grandparent’s farm, on Snipe Hollow Road, Elizabeth, Il. All of Bill’s 9 siblings were born in the plantation style house built by his grandparents Egnathaus and Mary Gruber. Bill was named after his grandfather Egnathaus and also had his very strong work ethic. Bill attended Mount and Morley country school, Elizabeth, IL where he... Full story

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