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  • ‘I’m happy to share my story’

    PRINCETON — Jan. 9, 2014 ... It was a day that will forever live in the mind of Princeton resident Abbie Cochran.
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:59 pm
  • All hail to the Bureau County Fair Queen!

    The 2015 Miss Bureau County Fair Queen was crowned at Bureau Valley High School on Aug. 2. Grayse Cook (from left), 20, of Princeton, was awarded firs ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:59 pm
  • Just in case ...

    PRINCETON — Before we know it, the bell will be ringing, and class will be back in session. As paren ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:59 pm
  • Being a good buddy

    PRINCETON — Princeton Buddy Bags will be host its second annual drawdown event on Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Princeton Elks Lodge.
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • Out & About

    Images from last weekend in Bureau County ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 4:01 pm
  • BV Stands Together meeting

    BUDA — A Bureau Valley Stands Together community informational meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5 at the Buda Community Hall. The public i ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • Farm Bureau offers driving course

    The Bureau, Henry and Stark County Farm Bureaus will host a defensive driving course from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, and Thursday, Aug. 27, ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:19 pm
  • Vendors sought for outdoor sports expo in Sterling

    STERLING – It’s no secret that Dave Druen loves the great outdoors. The Sterling businessman, owner of Dave’s Outdoor World, has spent years reveling ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:19 pm
  • Why are hometown festivals important?

    “I think festivals are important because it’s a great way to come together as a community and see all of the friendly faces you know, plus you can mee ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:16 pm
  • Grandkids: A source of Pride & Joy?

    SPRING VALLEY — The Hall Township Food Pantry has found a unique way to start a collection for its most demanded item during the summer months.
    July 31, 2015 - 4:38 pm
  • Sports Shorts

    IV Women’s Golf OpenSHEFFIELD — The 57th annual Illinois Valley Women’s Golf Open Sunday, Aug. 9, at ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:18 pm
  • Weather plays factor in boat races

    DEPUE — For the second straight year, the weather played a factor at the U.S. Title Series of the PRO National Championship boat races at Lake DePue S ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:44 pm
  • Tiger Tennis Classic draws in 62 singles players

    PRINCETON — Princeton High School’s tennis program hosted the Tiger Tennis Classic Singles Tournament Saturday, Aug. 1, with 62 tennis players from al ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:03 pm
  • From Germany with speed

    DEPUE — The last time Yvonne Koening of Dresden, Germany, stepped out of the waters of Lake DePue, she did so as the national champion in the 700 Hydr ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:17 pm
  • Slattery atop IV leaderboard

    Defending champ Collin Slattery of Princeton heads a tight field in this year’s Illinois Valley Men’s Golf championship.
    July 31, 2015 - 4:15 pm
  • SV meets its match

    STERLING — The Spring Valley All-Stars knew they would have their hands full trying to avenge an earlier loss to the unbeaten Warren Park Warriors in ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:14 pm
  • Sports Shorts

    Hall sports updateSPRING VALLEY — Hall Red Devil football season tickets will go on sale from 4 to 7 ...
    July 31, 2015 - 3:58 pm
  • DePue Boat Racer Profile

    Name: Yvonne Koening.Hometown: Dresden, Germany.Age: 28.Years in boat racing: 14.Who/what got you st ...
    July 31, 2015 - 3:59 pm
  • Notes from Day 1 at Lake DePue

    Champions in the first half of Friday’s opening day included:MacKenzie Hellsten of Orlando, Fla., sw ...
    July 31, 2015 - 3:59 pm
  • Sanctioned testing

    Sanctioned testing of the open classes was held Thursday at Lake DePue in preparation for three days of racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday when nation ...
    July 31, 2015 - 4:01 pm
  • Thomas 'Ced' Strouse

    BUDA — Thomas Cedric “Ced” Strouse, 85, of rural Buda joined his longtime buddy, Burton Doty, in heaven on Sunday, July 26, 2015, after dying at home ...
    July 30, 2015 - 11:01 am
  • Joyce Manning

    BRADFORD — Joyce Lea Manning, 82, of Bradford died at 6:59 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at Liberty Village of Princeton.
    July 29, 2015 - 4:37 pm
  • Vicki Engels

    WEST BROOKLYN — Vicki S. Engels, 64, of West Brooklyn died Monday, July 27, 2015, in her West Brooklyn residence.
    July 28, 2015 - 2:13 pm
  • Bonnie Meyer

    LAMOILLE — Lilley Mae "Bonnie" Meyer, 94, of LaMoille died Monday, July 27, 2015, in her residence, surrounded by her loving family.
    July 28, 2015 - 10:59 am
  • Ruby Jean Roberson

    PRINCETON — Ruby Jean Roberson, 81, of Princeton passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at home surrounded by her family.
    July 27, 2015 - 2:12 pm
  • Ireta Merkley

    PRINCETON — Ireta L. "Rita" Merkley, 85, of Princeton died at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Liberty Village of Princeton.
    July 27, 2015 - 1:53 pm
  • Vernon Miller

    SHEFFIELD — Vernon Kaye Miller, 70, of Manlius died at 2:18 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Unity Point Health in Peoria.
    July 27, 2015 - 2:48 pm
  • Barbara Swingel

    LADD — Barbara M. Swingel, 79, of Ladd died peacefully in her home on Saturday, July 25, 2015. She w ...
    July 27, 2015 - 10:34 am
  • Thomas Strouse

    BUDA — Thomas Cedric “Ced” Strouse, 85, of rural Buda died Sunday, July 26, 2015, at his home. Arran ...
    July 27, 2015 - 7:47 am
  • SCPO Luther 'Steve' Speakman

    SAN JUAN, Texas — SCPO Luther "Steve" Speakman lost his battle with brain and lung cancer on Monday, July 20, 2015, at the age of 80 in San Juan, Texa ...
    July 24, 2015 - 8:22 am
  • Princeton Police

    Illegal consumption of alcoholNathan M. King, 19, of Amboy was charged with illegal consumption of a ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:18 pm
  • Spring Valley Police

    Accidents A two-vehicle accident involving Diane N. Montez, 29, of Spring Valley and Janet M. Zielin ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:17 pm
  • Princeton Police

    Aggravated assault Jerry L. Young, 24, of Henry was charged with aggravated assault and battery in t ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:17 pm
  • Spring Valley Police

    A two-vehicle accident involving Alice K. Bogatitus, 57, of Peru and a 17-year-old Spring Valley girl occurred in the 200 block of West Dakota Street ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:18 pm
  • Bureau County Sheriff

    AccidentDianna L. Gosse, 48, of Hoffman Estates and Ardean L. Albus, 60, of Hooper, Neb., were invol ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:16 pm
  • Spring Valley Police

    Warrant arrest Taj M. Besowshek, 19, of Spring Valley was picked up in the 200 block of West Saint P ...
    July 31, 2015 - 2:37 pm
  • Illinois State Police

    DUI David P. McLachlan, 34, of Mendota was charged with driving under the influence on Fourth Road n ...
    July 31, 2015 - 2:36 pm
  • Illinois State Police

    Following a one-vehicle accident, Raymond, J. Hess, 59, of Utica was charged with driving under the influence, improper lane usage and no insurance on ...
    July 31, 2015 - 2:37 pm
  • Princeton Police

    Unlawful visitation Michelle L. Glancy, 41, of Princeton was charged with unlawful visitation interf ...
    July 31, 2015 - 2:36 pm
  • Princeton Police

    Disorderly conduct Joseph J. Johnson, 44, of Magnolia was charged with disorderly conduct in the 500 ...
    July 29, 2015 - 3:43 pm
  • A rushed plan may not be a good plan

    Last fall the great concern was brought up for the building in Buda. There is a problem with the building and something SHOULD be done. However, this ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:15 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    It was another busy weekend in and around Bureau County. I hope you took the opportunity to enjoy some of the activities in your own backyard ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:15 pm
  • Richard Widmark: A Princeton legend

    Gail Castner returned to Princeton in November 1944, after serving 13 months as a civilian flight instructor at Randolph Field in Schertz, Texas, duri ...
    July 31, 2015 - 2:49 pm
  • Sex: Who makes the rules?

    I talked with a missionary friend the other day, and he shared this principle with me. “If something ...
    July 29, 2015 - 1:00 pm
  • Accountable reporting

    I write this wondering why the BCR wrote their story on TCI. The paper concentrated on the negative and ignored the positive that Thursday’s meeting p ...
    July 29, 2015 - 1:00 pm
  • Some colorful remarks on Z-Tour

    Responding to the Z-Tour event ... It’s wonderful to see so many people come out to support a good c ...
    July 29, 2015 - 12:59 pm
  • Not that kind of family

    My dad's 78th birthday was this month, and since I'm in the unique position of being able to write a column he'll see in his newspaper, I'm going to d ...
    July 28, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    Congratulations to St. Louis Catholic Church and its parishioners, who celebrated 150 years of service to the Princeton community on Sunday. Growing u ...
    July 27, 2015 - 1:24 pm
  • The Help Desk?

    My real job is in the technology field. You know — computers, servers and phones — the stuff you love to curse at. I know I do. And what happens when ...
    July 27, 2015 - 1:24 pm
  • ‘What has happened to America?’

    On Nov. 13, 1965, Conchita, (One of the seers of Garabandal) had a long conversation with the Lady of Garabandal and Albrecht Weber, a German author o ...
    July 22, 2015 - 12:30 pm
  • Conservation expo planned

    Bureau County’s first-ever conservation expo, organized by the Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association (ILICA), The Wetlands Initiative (TWI ...
    July 29, 2015 - 3:44 pm
  • Valley Radiation Oncology participating in National Veterans Choice Program

    PERU — Valley Radiation Oncology announced it will participate as an oncology provider for the national Veterans Choice Program (VCP).
    Aug. 2, 2015 - 2:29 pm
  • Witek joins staff at SVCB

    SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley City Bank has announced that Justin Witek has joined the bank as vice president/senior lending officer. He specializes i ...
    Aug. 2, 2015 - 2:29 pm
  • Firm honors SVCB

    SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley City Bank has earned BauerFinancial Inc.’s highest (five-star) rating for strength and stability. Achievement of this fi ...
    Aug. 2, 2015 - 1:55 pm
  • St. Margaret’s buys former Sullivan’s property

    St. Margaret’s Health recently announced the purchase of the former Sullivan’s Foods property at 1916 N. Main St. in Princeton. Community members from ...
    July 29, 2015 - 3:15 pm
  • PMH starts balance screening progream

    PRINCETON — Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton is announcing the Perry Memorial Rehabilitation Department has launched a Balance Screening program. ...
    July 29, 2015 - 3:11 pm
  • On the road ... with cattle on my mind

    Summer is finally here, and my summer has been filled with many different types of road trips.The be ...
    July 24, 2015 - 12:42 pm
  • Agricultural rescue course offered

    The Bureau, Henry and Stark County Farm Bureaus along with the Kewanee Fire Department will sponsor a course for fire, rescue and EMS providers to pro ...
    July 24, 2015 - 12:42 pm
  • IVCH earns ACR mammography accreditation

    PERU — Illinois Valley Community Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the A ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 4:05 pm
  • IVCH receives CAP accreditation

    PERU — The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Illinois Valley Community Hospital based ...
    Aug. 2, 2015 - 2:25 pm
  • Dinner and auction to benefit Special Olympics

    UTICA — Starved Rock Area Special Olympics will hold its 13th annual fundraising auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Celebrations 150 in Uti ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:46 pm
  • MacNaughton brings home hardware

    Bureau Valley High School senior Rachel MacNaughton displays her winning pieces of artwork from the annual w art conference. She earned first place in ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:12 pm
  • Ladd American Legion Auxiliary plans meeting

    LADD — The Ladd American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11.The meeting will star ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:11 pm
  • PHS Class of 1990 plans reunion

    PRINCETON — The Princeton High School Class of 1990 will hold a reunion Saturday, Sept. 12, at the home of Jay and Jennifer Alter. Drinks start at 6 p ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:11 pm
  • Talent show entries wanted

    PRINCETON — Entries are being sought for the annual talent show at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the 160th Bureau County Fair in Princeton.
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:11 pm
  • Community Notes

    Breastfeeding supportLADD — La Leche League of the Illinois Valley, a breastfeeding support group, w ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:11 pm
  • Hall High School cheerleaders attend camp

    SPRING VALLEY — The Hall High School cheerleaders attended a camp on June 29 to July 1 hosted by the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA).
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 4:01 pm
  • Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 10

    PERU — The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting area residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzhei ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:08 pm
  • Davis stars in musical production

    Doug and Debbie (Christensen) Davis of Castle Rock, Colo., formerly of Walnut and Mount Morris, are sharing the news of their daughter, Andrea “Andi” ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:07 pm
  • BVHS students compete in Duck Stamp competition

    Bureau Valley High School students competed in the Illinois Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition. Students who participated are (front row, from left ...
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 3:09 pm

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