Macomb Local News Archives for 2019-01

Alumni Invitational Exhibition at WIU Art Gallery

MACOMB, IL—An invitational exhibit by Western Illinois University alumni will be on view at the WIU Art Gallery through Feb 22.

A closing reception will take place Friday, Feb 22 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The exhibit is open free to the public. For more information, email artgallery@wiu.edu or call (309) 298-1587.

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Take the Plunge!!! In this year's Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

MACOMB, IL – A number Western Illinois University employees and student organizations will take part in the annual 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3 to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois.
 
The plunge has been move to the WIU campus, to the pools outside Western Hall. Registration and the post-plunge party will be held in Western Hall.
 
All Polar Plungers are required to collect a minimum of $100 in donations and those who plunge in teams must have five members. Plungers are encouraged to come to the event in costume and will receive incentive prizes based on the amount of money they raise.
 
WIU groups already participating in this year's event include the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and the WIU Office of Public Safety.

This is the 20th year of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge. In 20 years, more than 66,000 plungers have raised more than $18.4 million for Special Olympics, a not-for-profit organization that offers year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 20,000 young athletes, ages 2-7, with and without intellectual disabilities. The programming enhances physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence and social skills and encourages family and community support.
 
Registration can be completed at plungeillinois.com or by contacting Jennifer Davis at (309) 337-9326 or by email at jdavis@woill.org. Anyone interested in donating can visit plungeillinois.com, and select the March 3 event in Macomb.

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WIU Department of Theatre and Dance Presents "Underground Cabaret"

MACOMB,IL – The Western Illinois University Department of Theatre and Dance will be holding performances of its show titled "Underground Cabaret" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Feb 1-2 at the Simpkins Theatre.

This show is a cabaret style performance of scenes and songs featuring the students of the musical theatre program and is directed by Instructor Lara Petrin. 

The performances will be in honor of Professor Emeritus Maughan McMurdie's career.

General admission to the show is $5 or free to WIU students with valid student I.D.

Additional information can be found at wiu.edu/cofac/theatre or (309) 298-1543.

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Closings and Delays 1-31-19

1-31-19

Astoria Schools: Closed Today

Beardstown Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Bluffs Schools: Closed Today

Brown County Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Bushnell-Prairie City Schools: Closed Today

Camp Point Schools Unit 3: Closed Today

Canton R-5: Closed Today

Carl Sandburg College-Carthage: Closed Today

Carthage Elementary: Closed Today

Central Lee: Delayed 2 hours; Buses on Main roads only; AM & PM Routes

Church of the Full Gospel: Services Cancelled; Keokuk

Clark Co. R-1 Kahoka: Closed Today

Dallas City Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

FBC Lewistown: All Wed. services canceled

Ft. Madison Public, Trinity: Delayed 2 hours; Buses on Main roads only

Gene Grawe Fund Office: Closed Today

Grace Baptist Academy: Closed Today

Griggsville - Perry Schools: Closed Today

Hamilton Schools: Closed Today

Hannibal Public Schools: Delayed 2 hours

Illini West: Closed Today

Keokuk Christian Academy: Closed Today

Keokuk Public, Catholic: Delayed 2 hours; Buses on hard surfac

Knox Co. R-1 Edina: Closed Today

Ladies of Charity Thrift: Closed Today

LaHarpe Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Lewis County C-1: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Liberty Schools: Closed Today

Macomb Public: Delayed 2 hours, No earlybird PE and MacArthur will have no morning session

Marion Co. R-II-Philadelphia: Closed Today

Mendon Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Meredosia-Chambersburg: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Nauvoo-Colusa Schools: Closed Today

Palmyra Public R-1: Closed Today

Palmyra Zion Lutheran: Closed Today; No Pre K

Paris R-2: Delayed 2 hours

Payson Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Perry Christian Academy: Closed Today

Pike Co. Christian Academy: Closed Today

Pikeland - Pittsfield: Closed Today

Pleasant Hill: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Ralls County R-2 Center: Opening at 10:00 AM

Schuyler-Industry Unit #5: Closed Today

Scotland Co. R-1 Memphis: Delayed 2 hours

Southeastern Dist. 337: Closed Today

Spoon River College-Macomb: Closed Today; All locations

St Paul - Macomb: Closed Today

St.Peter & Paul-Nauvoo: Closed Today

The Crossing Preschool Macomb: Closed Today

Trinity Academy: Closed Today

Triopia Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

V-I-T: Closed Today

Van Buren Community Schools: Closed Today; Includes Harmony

Warsaw: Closed Today

West Prairie CUSD #103: Closed Today

Western - CU District 12: Closed Today

Western Illinois University: Closed until 8 am Thursday

Winchester: Closed Today

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PSA: Go West Transportation Routes Change Tomorrow, Jan. 30

Macomb’s Go West Transportation System has announced that they will be running only Municipal routes on Wednesday, January 30. Also, there will be no campus routes open for Western Illinois University.

 

These are mainly available for the public to get to the various warming centers around the city. If there is an emergency, then Demand Response will remain on call for anyone who needs assistance traveling to a Warming Center.

 

For a list of warming centers, click here

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46th Annual International Bazaar: March 2nd

WIU will host its 46th annual Bazaar on March 2nd, from 5-10 PM, in the Union’s Grand
Ballroom.


This event is intended to showcase the variety of nations represented by students at
WIU. International food, dance, and clothing will be displayed at the Bazaar, as well as a
Kid’s Craft Corner and an international marketplace (open 5-8 PM).


Among the many different nationalities represented this year will be China, Costa Rica,
India, Jamaica, Mali, Nigeria, South Korea and Turtle Island. Other organizations
hosting booths at the event include Japanime (the University's Japan/anime club), the
Organization of Arab Students, the Peace Corps, Casa Latina, the Office of Study
Abroad and Outreach and Phi Beta Delta.


"I believe the bazaar is the display of cultural diversity. It is the celebration of cultural
values, heritage and values," said International Friendship Club Vice President Opeyemi
Oduniyia, a graduate student in biology, from Palestine, TX. "Diffusion between the
domestic and international community without borders and limits with unlimited fun and
food to devour.”


Tickets to the event will cost $2 for WIU students and children ages 5-12, $5 for non-
students, and children 4 and under will be admitted free. Food tickets will be available at
the Bazaar and will cost between $1 and $2.50. Additional information can be found by
emailing CIS-activities@wiu.edu or by visiting wiu.edu/internationalbazaar

 

(Original Story from WIU News. Visit their Website here)

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Chic-fil-A Day: Feb. 1

Macomb will host a special community day on February 1st, and will be hosting a ribbon
cutting ceremony at the University Union’s Chic-fil-A Express.


The community day is set to kickoff at 4:30 PM and go until 6:30, with the ribbon cutting
set to occur at 4:30. Parking will be available in the Union east parking lots.


Members attending the community day will receive 20% off their total purchase at Chic-
fil-A, and Chic-fil-A receipts from that day can be exchanged (at the game) for one
general admission ticket to the February 1st WIU Women’s game or the February 2nd
Men’s game.

 

(Original Story from WIU News, visit their website here)

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Warming Centers Updated!

Due to closings being announced that impact some of the warming centers, below is an update listing of locations.

 

Due to the Severe Winter Wind Chill Advisory issued for Macomb by the National Weather Service (NWS), Mayor Michael Inman along with ESDA Director Edgar Rodriguez announced that the Community Room located on the first floor of City Hall; 232 E. Jackson Street will be open as a warming center for area residents beginning immediately.  It will remain open to the public, during normal business hours, which are MONDAY through FRIDAY 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. City officials are also grateful to announce there are other facilities in the City that are available, to the Public, as warming centers, too. They are:     

 

At Western Illinois University:

The university has announced that they will be closed effective 5:00 p.m. 1/29/19 until 8:00 a.m. 1/31/19 resulting in the University Union not being available as a warming center during that time period.  However, both Corbin and Olson Halls will be available in spite of the university’s closure

 

- University Union, 700 West Murray St.

Hours: 7 am – 11 pm, Monday-Friday

7 am – 12:30 am, Saturday

8 am – 10 pm, Sunday

- Corbin Hall (the Common areas on the Main Floor) 410 N. Western Ave.

- Olson Hall (the Common areas on the Main Floor) 400 N. Western Ave.


Macomb Public Library, 235 S. Lafayette St.

- Phone: (309) 833-2714

- Hours: Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday 9am-6pm,

       Wednesday 9am-9pm    

 

Macomb Salvation Army: 505 N. Randolph

- Phone: (309) 837-4825

- Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-12pm & 1 pm-3pm

 

YMCA of McDonough County: 400 East Calhoun St.

YMCA of McDonough County has announced that they will be closed all day on Wednesday, January 30th.  However, staff will be present to allow folks wanting to utilize the facility as a warming center to do so during what would be their normal business hours.

 

-Phone: 309-833-2129

-Hours: Monday-Friday 5am-9pm, Saturday 6am-6pm, Sunday 12noon-6pm

 

Grand Prairie Supportive Living: 1307 Meadowlark Lane

-Phone:  309-833-5000

-Hours: 24/7

 

Should anyone need emergency shelter, during a time outside the operating hours of the warming centers, please contact the McDonough County 9-1-1 Center for assistance, at 309/833-2323.

 

All City of Macomb facilities will be open as usual and the McDonough County Courthouse will also be open as usual.

 

Officials will continue to monitor the weather forecast.  It is not anticipated, but should the need continue, consideration will be given to extending the Warming Centers through the coming weekend.  

 

“Be sure to dress appropriately, stay hydrated and check on neighbors, children, the elderly, and pets during this extreme winter weather period,” stressed Inman.

 

As a reminder, the Go West bus transportation system will be running during these hours and can be used for those who may not have transportation.

 

Additional Emergency Preparedness information can be found at ready.illinois.gov and State roadway conditions can be accessed at www.gettingaroundillinois.com

 

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Dallas City Elementary School Early Dismissal Today!!! (1-29-19)

Dallas City Elementary School Dismissing 1:00pm Tuesday, January 29, 2019, Due to extreme temperatures.

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LaHarpe Elementary Early Dismissal Today!!! (1-29-19)

LaHarpe Elementary will be dismissing today (1-29-19) at 1:00pm. There is also no school tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30.  No evening activities for Tuesday or Wednesday

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Illini West Early Dismissal today!!! 1-29-19

Illini West High School will be dismissed early today (1-29-19) school will get out at 12:45pm and Illini West will be CLOSED tomorrow (1-30-19)

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Waste Management Services Delayed!

Waste Management will not operate on Wednesday January 30, 2019 due to the expected wind chill conditions.  Service for the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be delayed by one day.

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Wind Chill Warning in effect until Thursday at noon.

Wind Chill Warning, from 3 PM Tuesday to noon Thursday. 

 

Tuesday night through Thursday morning, near historic cold and llife threatening wind chills will be seen. The coldest temperatures since 1996 combined with wind are expected to push wind chills
into the 30 to 60 degree below zero range. Winds gusting up to 35 mph. Life threatening wind chills of 30 to 45 below zero Tuesday night through Thursday morning.

 

Plan on slippery road conditions. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and
the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Frostbite can occur quickly and even hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.

 

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Bridgeway Offices Closures and Delays 1-28-19

Bridgeway outpatient offices in Galesburg, Kewanee, Macomb and Monmouth will be closed for services Wednesday, January 30th and will have a delayed 11:00 opening time Thursday, January 31st.

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Bushnell Paarige City Schools EARLY dismissal! 1-28-19

Bushnell Pairie City Schools will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. today Monday 1-28-19.

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MDH Hosts Community Heart Health Program

MACOMB, Ill. – Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. But what happens before and after a cardiac event? McDonough District Hospital’s Care for Your Heart program will answer that question on Wednesday, February 20. The public is invited to this free, informational event that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services Department (on third floor at MDH). 

 

Participants will walk through the stages a cardiac patient might experience, beginning at the doors of the emergency room, on to the tests and procedures done on-site and in the Cardiopulmonary Department, then concluding with an overview of services provided in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department.

 

Registered dietitians will also discuss heart healthy nutrition tips and how to create a healthier lifestyle in the interest of preventing a cardiac event or recovering from one.

 

Cardiopulmonary services at MDH are provided by highly trained and credentialed specialists in the field of cardiopulmonary and vascular diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. They treat patients of all ages and needs, tailoring the procedure and education to meet the needs of each patient.

 

The MDH Cardiopulmonary department recently earned reaccreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) and Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).

           

Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), MDH Cardiac Rehabilitation provides programs of exercise and education to help people with heart conditions live to their fullest potential, including those recovering from: open heart surgery, heart attack, stent placement, valve repair or replacement, stable angina, and other additional conditions.

 

Heart-healthy hors d‘oeuvres and drinks will be provided. To RSVP for the program, contact MDH Outreach Services at (309) 836-1584.

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Regional Media to Acquire Princeton Illinois Stations

(Princeton) Regional Media – Virden Broadcasting (RM), announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement to purchase, WZOE-AM 1490, WZOE-FM (Z-98), and WRVY 100.5, as well as, numerous digital assets serving Princeton Illinois and the surrounding area.

 

Commenting on the acquisition, Regional Media – Virden Broadcasting President and CEO, Fletcher Ford said, “We're very happy to be able to expand to the Princeton area; they fit nicely into our overall plan of concentration in Illinois and will allow us to further support local communities.”

 

Regional Media owns and operates a large footprint of radio stations and digital websites throughout the states of Illinois, Iowa, and has holdings in Kaua’i Hawaii as well. The combination of these stations creates a perfect fit to the Regional Media portfolio.

 

“For over half a century, WZOE and its sister stations; Z98 and WRVY have brought local content and care to the Illinois Valley and the surrounding areas.  I cannot think of a better group of people to continue this tradition than Fletcher Ford and his Team at Regional Media.  I am excited to assist with bringing their excellence in broadcasting to Princeton and the surrounding markets” says current WZOE Inc Chief Operating Officer Mike Samet.

 

Tom Clark has been named General Sales Manager with current Regional Media Vice President of Operations Jason Gilbraith taking an active role in the day to day operations. 

 

Regional Media – Virden Broadcasting will take over operations on February 1, 2019.

 

Regional Media, is one of the largest and one of the most diversified broadcasting companies in Illinois and Iowa with affiliations with many local communities. The company regularly uses its website as a key source of company information which can be accessed at www.RegionalMedia.info 

 

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School Closings! 1-25-19

1-25-19

Bucklin School: Closed Today

Bushnell-Prairie City Schools: Closed Today

Canton R-5: Closed Today

Carthage Elementary: Closed Today

Central Lee: Closed Today

Clark Co. R-1 Kahoka: Closed Today

Dallas City Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Ft. Madison Public, Trinity: Closed Today

Hamilton Schools: Closed Today

Hannibal Public Schools: Buses on Main roads only

Illini West: Closed Today

Keokuk Christian Academy: Closed Today

Keokuk Public, Catholic: Closed Today

Knox Co. R-1 Edina: Closed Today

LaHarpe Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Lewis County C-1: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Macomb Public [WEB]: Closed Today

Marion Co. R-II-Philadelphia: Closed Today

Nauvoo-Colusa Schools: Closed Today

Palmyra Public R-1: Closed Today

Palmyra Zion Lutheran: Closed Today; No Pre K

Scotland Co. R-1 Memphis: Closed Today

Southeastern Dist. 337: Closed Today

St Paul - Macomb: Closed Today

St.Peter & Paul-Nauvoo: Closed Today

Van Buren Community Schools: Closed Today; Includes Harmony

Warsaw: Closed Today

West Prairie CUSD #103: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

YMCA Senior Centrer: No Meals for Bushnell, Industry, or Macomb

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Warming Centers in Macomb

Due to the Severe Winter Wind Chill Advisory issued for Macomb by the National Weather Service (NWS), Mayor Michael Inman along with ESDA Director Edgar Rodriguez announced that the Community Room located on the first floor of City Hall; 232 E. Jackson Street will be open as a warming center for area residents beginning immediately.  It will remain open to the public, during normal business hours, which are MONDAY through FRIDAY 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. City officials are also grateful to announce there are other facilities in the City that are available, to the Public, as warming centers, too. They are:     

 

At Western Illinois University:

- University Union, 700 West Murray St.

Hours: 7 am – 11 pm, Monday-Friday

7 am – 12:30 am, Saturday

8 am – 10 pm, Sunday

- Corbin Hall (the Common areas on the Main Floor) 410 N. Western Ave.

- Olson Hall (the Common areas on the Main Floor) 400 N. Western Ave.

 

Macomb Public Library, 235 S. Lafayette St.

- Phone: (309) 833-2714

- Hours: Monday-Tuesday 9 am-6pm,

Macomb Salvation Army: 505 N. Randolph

- Phone: (309) 837-4825

- Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-12pm & 1 pm-3pm

 

                      

YMCA of McDonough County: 400 East Calhoun St.

-Phone: 309-833-2129

-Hours: Monday-Friday 5am-9pm, Saturday 6am-6pm, Sunday 12noon-6pm

 

Should anyone need emergency shelter, during a time outside the operating hours of the warming centers, please contact the McDonough County 9-1-1 Center for assistance.

 

Officials will monitor the weather forecast and should the need continue, consideration will be given to extending the Warming Centers through next weekend.  

 

“Be sure to dress appropriately, stay hydrated and check on neighbors, children, the elderly, and pets during this extreme winter weather period,” stressed Inman.

 

As a reminder, the Go West bus transportation system will be running during these hours and can be used for those who may not have transportation.

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City of Macomb Welcomes Newly Appointed Community Resource Coordinator

The Mayor of Macomb has released the following statement:

 

The City of Macomb has welcomed Bria Thurman into a newly created position of
Community Resource Coordinator. Operating out of the Mayor’s Office, Ms. Thurman
will be assisting a wide variety of community members in getting access to social
services, community outreach and other non-government organizations (NGOs) in the
City and region. Thurman’s position is funded through the AmeriCorps Volunteers In
Service to America (VISTA) program and is initially funded for one year.


The purpose of this partnership will be to better allocate and provide more essential
resources to the residents of Macomb. The mission of the Community Resource
Coordinator will be to act as an initial point of contact for citizen access to local social
services, non-profits, and special interest programs in the area in a more accessible
way. The Community Resource Coordinator will act as a liaison for individuals and
families in need to the organization(s) who can meet those needs.


“I am enthused about this new venture between the City of Macomb, AmeriCorps VISTA
and the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at WIU”, said Mayor Michael Inman. “I am
confident in the vision and drive Bria possesses, and her will to create something
impactful in our community”, Inman added.


“As a WIU Alumni, the City of Macomb has helped me become the person I am today. It
is only fitting that I will use what I have learned at WIU to try to better the Macomb
community”, said Thurman.


This VISTA project was developed and coordinated through the Illinois Institute for Rural
Affairs MAPPING the Future of Your Community Program. The Illinois Institute for Rural
Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University was created in 1989 to help community
leaders find ways to improve the quality of life in rural areas based on research,
education, and technical assistance initiatives. Since 1965, AmeriCorps VISTA has
helped bring communities and individuals out of poverty. VISTA members leave behind
lasting solutions to some of our country’s toughest problems. For more information,
please visit www.iira.org.

 

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WIU Online Programs Earn Top Quality Ranking

Western Illinois’ online programs were once again recognized by the U.S. News and World
Report as one of the best in the nation. Western is up to 76th of the 348 ranked universities in
the country in the 2019 edition of “Best Online Programs: Bachelor’s”, and is one of 4 Illinois
universities.


WIU has long offered the traditional BGS (Bachelor General Studies) as one of the 7
undergraduate and graduate degree programs. All told, WIU offers 463 online classes. In
addition to the BGS, WIU has recently added online majors in accounting, management, and
economics. Supply chain management is scheduled to go online soon and anthropology is
already online as one of the more unique online programs in the country.


“We are proud to receive this tremendous recognition from the U.S. World and News Report for
the quality of our online programs. WIU has strategically built a portfolio of outstanding, in-
demand online programs, and we are thrilled that established publications like U.S. News have
noticed,” School of Global Education and Outreach Executive Director, Jeff Hancks, said. “We
work hard to ensure that our online students have a great online experience at WIU, and we
look forward to launching additional in-demand online degree programs in the future.”


This is an amazing recognition for WIU, and could be a signal of major changes in the University
as more and more of the school’s programs are struggling with enrollment. Hopefully awards
like these will increase the University’s visibility, and this university can keep its prominent status
in this part of the state.

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WIU Ag Mech Show Feb. 9-10 in Western Hall

MACOMB, IL — The 2019 Agriculture Mechanization (Ag Mech) Club at Western Illinois University will host its 49th annual Farm Expo Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 9-10 at Western Hall.

Admission to the expo is open free to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m-4 p.m. Sunday. Free parking for the event is located in Q-lot, adjacent to Western Hall. 

This annual event is known to be the biggest student-run agriculture show in the country with over 150 vendors registered. New this year is an expanded kids corner with complimentary balloon artist, face painter and caricature artist. 

"One of the highlights of the show is seeing our alumni come back to enjoy the show with their families," said Ag Mech Club Co-Advisor Jana Knupp. "We look forward to seeing everyone this year, as well as next year for the 50th WIU Ag Mech Farm Expo."

Knupp said some notable benefits of the annual event include the opportunity for face-to-face customer relations. 

"This show gives a unique opportunity to foster those ongoing business relationships and develop new ones as well," she added.

With alumni making the trip back to campus, and the large number of vendors attending this event, WIU agriculture students are provided with countless networking opportunities.

The expo will once again include "Tot-Rod Pedal Pulls," beginning at noon Sunday, along with displays of farm tractors and machinery, ag sales and service companies, ag management companies, emerging ag technology, livestock supplies, crop supplies, conservation and ag structures. The second floor of the show will feature a farm toy show and crafts.

"We hope all of our alumni and friends will join us at Buffalo Wild Wings on Saturday evening for a WIU Aggies event," added Knupp. "We will have appetizers, sponsored by McDonough Telephone Cooperative, a cash bar and great company. The event runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m."

Follow the Farm Expo on Facebook at facebook.com/WiuAgMechFarmExpo/. For more information about the School of Agriculture visit wiu.edu/ag.

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MACOMB SCHOOLS OUT EARLY TODAY 1-24-19

Due to the blowing and drifting expected with high winds this afternoon Thursday, January 24th, all Macomb District schools will close 2 hours early.  Whatever time your child is normally dismissed, please move it up 2 hours.  All after school activities, including practices are cancelled.  MacArthur PM is cancelled

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Closings and Delays for 1-24-19

1-24-19

 

MACOMB School District:

Due to the blowing and drifting expected with high winds this afternoon Thursday, January 24th, all Macomb District schools will close 2 hours early.  Whatever time your child is normally dismissed, please move it up 2 hours.  All after school activities, including practices are cancelled.  MacArthur PM is cancelled

 

 

Bishop United Brethren Ch: Thursday Services Cancelled; Fishhook, Illinois

Canton R-5: Closed Today

Central Lee: Buses on Main roads only; Thurs. & Fri. AM/PM

Clark Co. R-1 Kahoka: Closed Today

Dallas City Elementary: School Cancelled

Ft. Madison Public, Trinity: Buses on Main roads only; Buses on Main roads only; Thursday & Friday 

Hannibal Public Schools: Buses on Main roads only

Illini West: Closed Today

Keokuk Public, Catholic: Buses on Main roads only; Thursday & Friday

Knox Co. R-1 Edina: Closed Today

Knox County Food Cupboard: Customer Appreciation Supper ; Cancelled Thursday

LaGrange UMC: Thursday Services Cancelled

LaHarpe Elementary: Closed no evening Activities

Lewis County C-1: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Macon R1: Buses on Main roads only

Marion Co. R-II-Philadelphia: Closed Today

Mt. Olivet Church: Thursday Services Cancelled

Palmyra Public R-1: Closed Today

Palmyra Zion Lutheran: Closed Today; No Pre K

Payson Schools: Buses on Main roads only; Thursday & Friday 

Ralls County R-2 Center: Buses on Main roads only; Buses on Main roads only

Scotland Co. R-1 Memphis: Closed Today

Van Buren Community Schools: Delayed 2 hours; Includes Harmony

Wider Opportunities: Closed Today

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Updated Closings and Delays! 1-23-19

Abilities: Closed Today

Astoria Schools: Delayed 2 hours; No morning Pre-K

Bowling Green Schools: Closed Today

Brashear Schools: Closed Today

Bucklin School: Closed Today

Camp Point Schools Unit 3: Closed Today

Canton R-5: Closed Today

Carl Sandburg College all campuses

Carthage Elementary: Closed Today

Central Lee: Closed Today

Clark Co. R-1 Kahoka: Closed Today

The Crossing Macomb Preschool will be closed today.

Dallas City Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Eagle View Community Health System in Oquawka and Stronghurst will open at 9:30 a.m.

Ft. Madison Public, Trinity: Closed Today

Galesburg Dermatology-Macomb office: closed today

Hamilton Schools: Closed Today

Hannibal Children's Center: Opening at 8:00 AM

Hannibal Early Head Start - Clinic: Closed Today

Hannibal Early Head Start - Johnson Street: Closed Today

Hannibal Head Start: Closed Today

Hannibal Public Schools: Closed Today

Hannibal St. John Lutheran: Closed Today

Holy Family-Hannibal: Closed Today

Illini West: Closed Today

John Wood Community College: Closed Today; All Centers

Keokuk Christian Academy: Closed Today

Keokuk Public, Catholic: Closed Today; for Wed., 1/23/19

Knox Co. R-1 Edina: Closed Today

Knox County Food Cupboard: Customer Appreciation Supper ; Cancelled Thursday

Kroc Center: Opening at 9:00 AM

LaHarpe Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Lewis County C-1: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Liberty Schools: Closed Today

Lillian Schaper: Closed Today

Louisiana RII: Closed Today

Macomb Public: Closed Today

Marion Co. R-II-Philadelphia: Closed Today

McDonough District Hospital: all MDH Physician Clinics will be on a 2-hour delay opening on Wednesday (Jan. 23).

Mendon Schools: Closed Today

Mission Hill Christian Academy: Hiskids pre-k also closed

Mississippi Valley, Hannibal: Closed Today

Monroe City Head Start: Closed Today

Monroe City R-1: Closed Today

Nauvoo-Colusa Schools: Closed Today

North Shelby: Closed Today

Palmyra Public R-1: Closed Today

Palmyra Zion Lutheran: Closed Today; No Pre K

Paris R-2: Closed Today

Payson Schools: Closed Today

Perry Christian Academy: Closed Today

Quincy Public/Parochial: Closed Today;

Cancel Finance Comm.

Ralls County R-2 Center: Closed Today

Schuyler-Industry Unit #5: Closed Today

Shelby Co. R-IV So. Shelby: Closed Today

Southeastern Dist. 337: Closed Today

St Paul - Macomb: Closed Today

V-I-T: Delayed 2 hours; No Pre K

Van Buren Community Schools: Closed Today; Includes Harmony

Van-Far Vandalia: Closed Today

Warsaw: Closed Today

West Prairie CUSD #103: Closed Today

Western - CU District 12: Closed Today

Western Illinois University: Weather Advisory extended until Noon today

Wider Opportunities: Closed Today

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Kiwanis Club of Macomb Donates to MDH 'Reach Out and Read' Program

The McDonough District Hospital Pediatric Clinic’s 'Reach Out and Read' program received more than 400 new books as a result of the $1,000 donation by the Kiwanis Club of Macomb.

 

It was brought to the clinic’s attention in December 2017, now the Reach Out and Read program promotes early literacy and school readiness by providing developmentally-appropriate books for pediatric patients starting with six-month checkups through the age of five.

 

The MDH Pediatric Clinic is one of 135 sites in Illinois to participate in the program. Nationally, up to four million children have benefited from the program across 5,000 sites.

 

The Macomb Kiwanis Club has created opportunities for children to live safer and healthier lives locally since 1922. The plan is to carry out  Kiwanis mission of empowering communities to improve the world by making differences in the lives of children. As an international organization, Kiwanis members participate in approximately 150,000 service projects and raise nearly $100 million a year for communities over  80 nations and geographic areas.

 

To learn more about supporting the Reach Out and Read program, contact the MDH Foundation office at (309) 836-1757.

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Liberty Tax is the Latest Chamber Ribbon Cutting

Today, The Ambassador Committee of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for new Chamber member, Liberty Tax.

 

Liberty Tax Service moved to a new location at 1140 E Jackson St in Macomb and is your premier local income tax preparation franchise, offering quality tax preparation at an affordable price. Guests are also treated to free snacks and videos to entertain children while tax services are being performed.They now accept Chamber Gift Certificate as well.

 

For more information, call (309) 833-3330 or visit https://www.libertytax.com/income-tax-preparation-locations/17418.html

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Karaoke with Attitude at Diamond Dave's

The WIU Music Business Association is sponsoring a "Karaoke with Attitude" contest every Thursday night at 9pm at Diamond Dave's, 518 W Jackson, Macomb, IL.

 

The competition dates are as follows: January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, and March 7. You can have a chance at winning over $1000 in cash and prizes now until the finals on March 21st!

 

Sign up throughout the week at Diamond Dave's or by 8:30pm the night of competition.

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Weather Advisory: WIU-Macomb 1-22-19

MACOMB, IL -- Due to forecasted winter weather this evening, a University weather advisory has been issued for Western Illinois University's Macomb campus from 3 p.m. today (Tuesday, Jan. 22) through 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23.

At this time, the campus will remain open and classes will be held. Go West updates can be found at wiu.edu/student_services/go_west and on Twitter @wiugowest.

In general, the University will typically remain open provided campus buildings are accessible. In all weather situations, it is ultimately the personal responsibility of faculty, staff and students to make their own decisions regarding attendance and to use their judgment concerning travel conditions. The WIU policy on limiting University operations because of emergency conditions is available in the Administrative Procedures Handbook.

According to University policy, if an advisory is issued due to weather and students consider travel to campus unsafe, they should arrange with faculty to complete academic course requirements missed during the time of the advisory. Individual faculty members are responsible for their academic course requirements, and it is the individual faculty member's decision whether or not to grant a request to make up work that has been missed as a result of a University advisory. Faculty should be flexible with attendance policies during this period.

The weather advisory allows employees the option to use accrued vacation time, compensatory time or approved leave without pay after notifying their supervisor. An employee who determines that it is not safe to travel will not be subject to discipline for being absent. Supervisors are expected to honor reasonable requests of employees to arrive late or to leave early because of inclement weather.

Winter driving conditions in Illinois can be found at gettingaroundillinois.com.

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School Closings! 1-22-19

Astoria Schools: Delayed 2 hours; No morning

Pre-KBrown County Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Bucklin School: Closed Today

Bushnell-Prairie City Schools: Closed Today

Camp Point Schools: Closed Today

Canton R-5: Closed Today

Carl Sandburg College: Closed Today

Carthage Elementary: Closed Today

Central Lee: Buses on Main roads only; AM & PM Routes

Clark Co. R-1 Kahoka: Closed Today

Community Christ Center: Closed Today

Dallas City Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Ft. Madison Public, Trinity: Buses on Main roads only

Hamilton Schools: Closed Today

Illini West: Closed Today

Innovations Design Academy: Closed Today

Keokuk Public, Catholic: Buses on Main roads only; for Tues. 1/22/19

Knox Co. R-1 Edina: Closed Today

Knox County Food Cupboard: Customer Appreciation Supper ; Cancelled Thursday

LaHarpe Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Lewis County C-1: Closed TodayLiberty Schools: Closed Today

Macomb Public [WEB]: Closed Today

Macon R1: Closed Today

Marion Co. R-II-Philadelphia: Closed Today

Mendon Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Mission Hill Christian Academy: Closed Today; Hiskids pre-k also

Nauvoo-Colusa Schools: Closed Today

North Shelby: Closed TodayPalmyra Public R-1: Closed Today

Palmyra Zion Lutheran: Closed Today; No Pre K

Schuyler-Industry Unit #5: Closed Today

Scotland Co. R-1 Memphis: Closed Today

Shelby Co. R-IV So. Shelby: Closed Today

Southeastern Dist. 337: Closed Today

St Paul - Macomb: Closed Today

St. Mary School: Closed Today

St.Peter & Paul-Nauvoo: Closed Today

The Crossing Macomb Preschool: Closed today

Trinity Academy [WEB]: Delayed 2 hours

V-I-T: Delayed 2 hours; No Pre K

Van Buren Community Schools: Delayed 2 hours; Includes HarmonyWarsaw: Closed Today

West Prairie CUSD #103: Closed Today

Wider Opportunities: Closed Today

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Snow Emergency in Macomb 1-18-19

City of Macomb Public Service Announcement 

 

With the anticipated winter weather forecast of three (3) to six (6) inches of snow, the City of Macomb is declaring a Snow Emergency starting at 6:00 p.m. this evening (Friday, January 18) until Sunday (January 20) evening at 6:00 p.m. A snowfall of three (3) inches shall automatically constitute a snow emergency. It shall be unlawful for any person to park or allow a motor vehicle to remain parked on a street that has been designated as a snow route in the city. Snow Routes are listed below.

 

As a reminder those citizens within the city that are located in the designated sidewalk abatement zones (listed on the City of Macomb’s webpage www.cityofmacomb.com ), should be prepared for a sidewalk enforcement declaration by the Public Works Director that will result in the need to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours of the public announcement. The City would kindly ask that citizens consider having the sidewalks cleared before Tuesday, January 22, start of school.

 

City of Macomb Snow Routes

Adams Street from Randolph Street to the west city limits.

 

Bower Road from University Drive to Jackson Street

 

Calhoun Street from Campbell Street to Bonham Street

 

Candy lane its entire length

 

Carroll Street from Lafayette Street to Western Avenue and from Randolph Street to Prairie Avenue

 

Deer Road its entire length

 

Dudley Street its entire length

 

Grant Street its entire length

 

Harmony Lane its entire length

 

Jefferson Street its entire length

 

Lafayette Street from Washington Street to Grant Street

 

Maple Avenue its entire length

 

Murray Street from Johnson Street to Western Avenue

 

McArthur Street from Washington Street to Grant Street

 

Pearl Street its entire length

 

Pierce Street from Johnson Street to State Street

 

Piper Street from Candy Lane to Pearl Street

 

Prairie Avenue its entire length

 

Randolph Street from Washington Street to Grant Street and from Calhoun Street to Glenwood Park

 

Tower Road from Wigwam Hollow Road to Lafayette Street

 

University Drive from Wigwam Hollow Road to Western Avenue, from Western Avenue to Lafayette Street and from Lafayette Street to Bower Road

 

Walton Way from East Jackson Street to East Wheeler Street

 

Ward Street its entire length

 

Washington Street from Lafayette Street to Ward Street and from Campbell Street to White Street

 

Western Avenue from Adams Street to University Drive

 

Wheeler Street from Prairie Avenue to the east city limits

 

White Street its entire length

 

Wigwam Hollow Road its entire length

 

The City of Macomb would appreciate your cooperation and patience and please help keep our streets safe for those who must travel.

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Winter Storm Warning! 1-18-19

Winter Storm Warning for the following counties until 6pm on Saturday January 20th.

 

McDonough, Knox, Warren, Henderson, Hancock, Adams, Brown, Schuyler, and Fulton.

 

This Winter Storm will produce:

 

-Wind gusts to around 35 mph causing near whiteout conditions at times.

 

-Blowing and drifting snow.

 

-Slick road conditions.

 

-We advise that you do not travel during this winter storm and stay off the roads Friday night through Saturday.

 

 

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The On Stage Band Opry Show Cancelled - Jan. 19

The On Stage Band Opry Show scheduled for this Saturday, January 19 at the Spotlight Event Center in Colchester has been cancelled due to the forecasted winter storm.

 

For more information on the Spotlight Event Center, visit their Facebook Page

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Let's Rodeo Moline! Returns This Weekend - Jan. 18 & 19

This Weekend, January 18-19, the Taxslayer Center (Moline, IL) will be hosting the CINH World’s
Toughest Rodeo as part of the event’s 40th anniversary tour.


This year the CWTR (CINH World’s Toughest Rodeo) with feature specialty performers,
including the “world’s smallest cowboy”, WHIPLASH the Cowboy Monkey, and his trusty
steed Boogie. Some of the other performers joining WHIPLASH will include National
Finals Rodeo Announcer Roger Mooney and Dusti Crain among others.


Top PRCA cowboys are a new addition to the rodeo for 2019, and the cowboys will
compete in traditional fan favorite events bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, and bull
riding. Women’s barrel racing will also be a new addition to the 2019 show, as some of
the fastest cowgirls around will be key participants in this year’s show.


Ticket prices start at $20, and with your ticket, you will get access to a free pre-show
running from 6-7 PM each night of the show. The show kicks off at 7:30 PM each night,
and begins January 18, so scoop up your tickets now!

 

Tickets are available either at the arena box office or at ticketmaster.com. By going to the facebook page, you can receive a $5 off coupon for the event!

 

More information on the rodeo can be found at www.wtrodeo.com or by emailing
thr@threehillsrodeo.com

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YMCA Senior Meals Cancelled! 1-15-19

There will be no YMCA Senior Meal Program today in Busnell, Industry, and Macomb, due to the weather.

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Innovations Design Academy Closed! 1-15-19

Due to the weather Innovations Design Academy will be closed today.

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Carl Sandburg College Closed! 1-15-19

Carl Sandburg College is closed for Tuesday, January 15, 2019 due to inclement weather.

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The Crossing Macomb Preschool Closed! 1-15-19

Due to the weather the Crossing Macomb Preschool will be closed today.

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Dallas City Elementary School Cancelled 1-15-19

Dallas City Elementary School is closed today due to the weather.

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LaHarpe Schools Closed! 1-15-19

LaHarpe Comunity School #327 is closed and no after school activities due to the weather. 

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Macomb Schools on Delay

Due to the road conditions, Macomb School District will be on a two hour delay.  Everything will run two hours later.  No Early Bird PE and MacArthur will have no morning session.  

 

 

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Closings! Monday Jan 14th

 

2 Rivers Industries: Closed Today

Abilities: Closed Today

Astoria Schools: Closed Today

Beardstown Schools: Closed Today

Bluffs Schools: Closed Today

Brashear Schools: Closed Today

Brown County Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Bucklin School: Closed Today

Burton Flyers 4-H-Liberty: Monday's Meeting Cancelled

Bushnell-Prairie City Schools: Closed Today

Camp Point Schools: Closed Today

Canton R-5: Closed Today

Carthage Elementary: Closed Today

Clark Co. R-1 Kahoka: Closed Today

Dallas City Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Douglass Comm. Services: Central Office Closed Monday

Ft. Madison Public, Trinity: Buses on Main roads only

Griggsville - Perry Schools: Closed Today

Hamilton Schools: Closed Today

Hannibal Early Head Start - Clinic: Closed Today

Hannibal Early Head Start - Johnson Street: Closed Today

Hannibal Head Start: Closed Today

Hannibal LaGrange University: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Hannibal Public Schools: Closed Today

Hannibal-MACC: Closed Today

HBL St. John's Lutheran : Closed Today

Heartland Christian Academy: Closed Today

Illini West: Closed Today

Keokuk Christian Academy: Closed Today

Knox Co. R-1 Edina: Closed Today

LaHarpe Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Lewis County C-1: Closed Today

Liberty Schools: Closed Today

Lillian Schaper: Closed Today

Louisiana RII: Closed Today

Macon R1: Closed Today

Mendon Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Meredosia-Chambersburg: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Mission Hill Christian Academy: Closed Today

Mississippi Valley, Hannibal: Closed Today

Monroe City Head Start: Closed Today

Nauvoo-Colusa Schools: Closed Today

North Shelby: Closed Today

OATS Buses: Closed Today

Palmyra Public R-1: Closed Today

Palmyra Zion Lutheran: Closed Today; No Pre K

Paris R-2: Closed Today

Payson Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Perry Christian Academy: Closed Today

Pike Co. Chrisitan Academy: Closed Today

Pike Co. R-3 Clopton: Closed Today

Pikeland - Pittsfield: Closed Today

Pleasant Hill: Closed Today

Ralls County R-2 Center: Closed Today

Schuyler-Industry Unit #5: Closed Today

Scotland Co. R-1 Memphis: Delayed 2 hours

Shelby Co. R-IV So. Shelby: Closed Today

Southeastern Dist. 337: Closed Today

St.Peter & Paul-Nauvoo: Closed Today

Trinity Academy [WEB]: Closed Today

Triopia Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

U of I Ext-Brown/Pike/Sch: No Youth Leadership Academy

V-I-T: Closed Today

Van-Far Vandalia: Closed Today

Warsaw: Closed Today

West Prairie CUSD #103: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Western - CU District 12: Closed Today

Winchester: Closed Today

Y Senior Meals Cancelled: Colchester/Bushnell/Mcmb

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Train has derailed, 136 is closed!

ISP is responding to a train derailment in McDonough County IL.
Hwy 136 is going to be shut down between N950th and E2250th McDonough County IL.

 

9 rail cars derailed, 3 are tanker cars & 1 is carrying Isobutylene and leaking, unknown content on other 2 tankers, since they are upside down. other 6 are hauling freight 

 

Hwy 136 is going to be shut down between N950th and E2250th McDonough County IL.

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Dallas City Elementary School Cancelled

Dallas City Elementary School is closed tomorrow Monday Jan. 14th All Evening activities are also cancelled

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La Harpe School Closed!

La Harpe School will be closed Mon, Jan 14, 2019. Evening activities are also cancelled.

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Cancellations for Saturday, January 12, 2019

Cancellations for Saturday, January 12, 2019

 

Macomb High School: Soph. and Varsity girls basketball vs. Monmouth-Roseville Canceled. Soph. and Varsity boys basketball vs. New Lenox Providence Canceled.

 

Free Range Yoga: The swing dance boot camp is cancelled due to the weather.

 

TODAY IN PEORIA: Public Appearance by Cheri Bustos listening to TSA workers and Air Traffic Controllers amid the government shutdown at Peoria International Airport cancelled due to weather.

 

If you know of any more cancellations and want to keep us updated, then just message the facebook page or submit a tip!

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Winter Storm Warning!

Winter Weather Advisory for Lee County 6 PM Friday to 6 PM Saturday

Winter Storm Warning for Hancock, Scotland, Clark, and McDonough counties  6 PM Friday to 6 PM Saturday

Winter Storm Warning for Scott and Schuyler counties from 6 PM Friday to 6 AM Sunday.

Winter Storm Warning for Pike County IL from 3 PM Friday to Midnight on Saturday night.

Winter Storm Warning for Ralls and Monroe counties from Noon Friday to 12 Midnight Saturday night.

Winter Storm Warning for Adams and Brown 3 PM Friday until 12 Midnight Saturday night.

Winter Storm Warning for Shelby, Lewis, Knox, and Marion counties from Noon Friday to 12 Midnight Saturday night.

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Victims Services seeks Volunteers, and Offers Crisis Intervention Training

Macomb, Illinois, January 2019 – WIRC-CAA Victim Services will again offer its Crisis Intervention Training for individuals interested in volunteering to work with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual abuse.  This is a non-credit course that covers all required training for working and/or volunteering at an Illinois sexual assault crisis center and/or domestic violence agency/shelter.

 

The class is taught by Victim Services staff members who work firsthand with victims and their significant others.  Classes will be held in Macomb on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, February 20, 2019, ending Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Sessions will meet from 5:30-9:30 p.m. each evening. Victim Services hopes to get one Saturday session in to complete training earlier.

 

The cost is $100 for students and community members; $150 for working professionals.  Class size is limited, so preference will be given to those willing to give a year’s commitment to volunteering on Victim Services’ 24-hour crisis line, responding to hospital calls, sheltering clients, advocating for victims, and providing outreach within the communities we serve.  Registration deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019 at noon, or when the class is full. For more information, or to register, call (309) 836-2148 and ask for McKenzie or Naomi.

 

Victim Services also needs individuals interested in volunteering for non-direct service opportunities throughout the year.  Individuals available to give an hour or two a month for these activities may also call (309) 836-2148 and ask for Naomi. This spring, Victim Services will need assistance for February’s Dating Violence Awareness Month, and April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month activities.

 

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Stalker Awareness Month

Macomb, Illinois, January 2019 – With an average of 7.5 million people becoming victims of stalking each year in the United States, WIRC-CAA Victim Services staff want to raise awareness of this dangerous crime in our local communities.

 

Stalking occurs when a person becomes fearful of another person’s repeated, unwanted actions. Stalkers commonly follow their victims to their home and workplace, and repeatedly attempt to make unwanted contact. This unwanted contact can take many forms, including repeated house visits, phone calls, text messages, e-mails, and letters. In some cases, stalking can escalate into violence against the victim and the victim’s family. Many victims report suffering from depression, anxiety, and insomnia due to the emotional and sometimes physical trauma.

 

Victim Services emphasizes that stalking can happen to anyone, regardless of race, gender, or age. Jill Mann, Sexual Assault Medical and Legal Advocate, and Rachel Odom, Domestic Violence Legal Advocate, have activities planned throughout the month of January in support of Stalking Awareness Month. Mann and Odom will speak about stalking awareness with law enforcement personnel, and plan to unveil an awareness display to help people visualize the impact that stalking has in our community.

 

The awareness display will showcase paper hands that represent each stalking victim assisted by Victim Services in Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, and Warren counties. Naomi Taylor, Victim Services Director, says she hopes the planned activities will help people to recognize stalking behavior in order to protect victims.

 

WIRC-CAA Victim Services, based in Macomb, provides free and confidential services in a safe environment with knowledgeable staff members who are ready to provide emergency services, advocacy, counseling, professional training, and public education.

 

For more information about Victim Services’ programs, visit wirpc.org or call 309-837-6622.  If you are a victim of stalking, call the free and confidential 24-hour crisis hotline at 309-837-5555.
 

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City of Macomb Snow Emergency

 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Macomb – Friday, January 11, 2019

 

Contacts:    Mayor’s Office                     Public Works Dept.

        City of Macomb                   City of Macomb

        309-833-2558                       309-833-2821

 

With the anticipated winter weather forecast of three (3) to six (6) inches of snow, the City of Macomb is declaring a Snow Emergency starting at 6:00 p.m. this evening (Friday, January 11) until Sunday (January 13) evening at 6:00 p.m. A snowfall of three (3) inches shall automatically constitute a snow emergency. It shall be unlawful for any person to park or allow a motor vehicle to remain parked on a street that has been designated as a snow route in the city. Snow routes are listed below.

 

As a reminder those citizens within the city that are located in the designated sidewalk abatement zones, should be prepared for a sidewalk enforcement declaration by the Public Works Director that will result in the need to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours of the public announcement. The City would kindly ask that citizens consider having the sidewalks cleared before Monday, January 14 start of school.

 

Adams Street from Randolph Street to the west city limits.

 

Bower Road from University Drive to Jackson Street

 

Calhoun Street from Campbell Street to Bonham Street

 

Candy lane its entire length

 

Carroll Street from Lafayette Street to Western Avenue and from Randolph Street to Prairie Avenue

 

Deer Road its entire length

 

Dudley Street its entire length

 

Grant Street its entire length

 

Harmony Lane its entire length

 

Jefferson Street its entire length

 

Lafayette Street from Washington Street to Grant Street

 

Maple Avenue its entire length

 

Murray Street from Johnson Street to Western Avenue

 

McArthur Street from Washington Street to Grant Street

 

Pearl Street its entire length

 

Pierce Street from Johnson Street to State Street

 

Piper Street from Candy Lane to Pearl Street

 

Prairie Avenue its entire length

 

Randolph Street from Washington Street to Grant Street and from Calhoun Street to Glenwood Park

 

Tower Road from Wigwam Hollow Road to Lafayette Street

 

University Drive from Wigwam Hollow Road to Western Avenue, from Western Avenue to Lafayette Street and from Lafayette Street to Bower Road

 

Ward Street its entire length

 

Washington Street from Lafayette Street to Ward Street and from Campbell Street to White Street

 

Western Avenue from Adams Street to University Drive

 

Wheeler Street from Prairie Avenue to the east city limits

 

White Street its entire length

 

Wigwam Hollow Road its entire length

 

The City of Macomb would appreciate your cooperation and patience and please help keep our streets safe for those who must travel.

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Statement from the Macomb Police Department

The Macomb Police Department has received multiple reports from citizens regarding fraudulent notices from Medicare. The notices were delivered via mail and appeared very similar to legitimate notices they normally receive, including their legitimate account number. The notice indicated the recipient needed to pay a past due balance immediately to avoid losing their Medicare coverage. When citizens contacted Medicare about the notices they were proven to be fraudulent.

Macomb PD is encouraging all Medicare recipients to pay strict attention to any correspondence they receive and address any concerns with Medicare to prove authenticity prior to sending any payment. Those citizens who feel they have already been a victim of this scam are encouraged to contact Medicare and their banking facility.

 

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Winter Storm will impact Driving

 

Traveling public advised to prepare for heavy, wet snow in Central, Southern Illinois.

 

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a major winter storm with the potential for double-digit snowfall totals in the central and southern regions of the state will begin late Friday afternoon and extend into Saturday, impacting travel heading into the weekend. To prepare, IDOT has been pretreating roads and bridges susceptible to icing, with plowing operations likely to being later today and through the weekend. 

“Before you head out into the storm, please ask yourself if this trip is necessary,” said Illinois Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Omer Osman. “We are working hard to keep roads safe, but conditions will be challenging. If you do venture out, be prepared for increased travel times.”

The National Weather Service is predicting snow to begin falling in the eastern part of the state later today between 4 and 6 p.m. The primary area impacted is St. Louis Metro East, extending as far as Quincy and Effingham. Up to eight inches of snow are expected during the overnight hours, with additional accumulation Saturday of four to five inches.

If possible, avoid driving during the storm. The heavier the traffic, the more challenging it is for snow plows to clear roads. If you encounter a plow during your travels, please slow down, increase your driving distance and remain patient. Do not crowd the plow. 

Tips if you have to travel:

• Take it slow, especially when approaching intersections, ramps, bridges and shady areas. All are prone to black ice, an invisible danger during some winter storms.
• Make sure your gas tank is full.
• Keep a cell phone, warm clothes, blankets, food, water, a first-aid kit, washer fluid and an ice scraper in your vehicle.
• Check the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your travel route and schedule.
• Carry a cellphone in case of emergency. Reminder: Using handheld phones while driving is illegal in Illinois, unless it is an emergency situation.
• Always wear a seat belt, whether you’re sitting in the front seat or back seat. It’s the law.

“If you must drive during hazardous winter weather conditions, please ensure you practice safe driving habits,” said Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz. “In order to prevent accidents from occurring, we want to remind all drivers to allow extra travel time to get to your destination, avoid unnecessary lane changes, reduce your speed, and increase your following distance on snow or ice-covered roadways. Also, please remember, if you approach an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with their hazard lights activated, please ‘Give Them Distance’ and ‘Move Over.’”

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Illinoisans Encouraged to Prepare for Cold, Snow This Weekend

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued multiple winter storm watches throughout Illinois for this weekend as a way to notify the public of the impending weekend weather.  

 

According to the National Weather Service, heavy snow is likely over portions of central and southwest Illinois, with accumulations of six inches or more. State and local emergency officials urge the public to take time now to prepare your family, home and vehicle for everything from a dusting of snow to a major winter storm.  Preparedness tips include:

 

• Familiarize yourself with the various weather alert definitions, so you know how to keep your family safe


• Winterize your home and take steps to prevent frozen water pipes


• Make an emergency plan for you and your family


• Build a home emergency kit with items such as food, water, medications, NOAA weather radio, flashlight and spare batteries


• Stock your vehicle with the emergency items such as a phone charger, blankets, extra clothes, jumper cables, kitty litter or sand, a flashlight and snow scraper in the event you must travel


• If you lose power, seek out a warming center in your area until the power can be restored


The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has also begun coordinating with other state agencies on receiving assistance if it were to become necessary.

 

For more tips on staying safe at home and on the road, visit the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

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More Changes are on the Horizon for WIU Student Housing

Western Illinois University student housing will begin to see another change on campus next semester. New freshman students will be moved from Bayliss and Henninger halls, also known as the North Quad, to Thompson and Lincoln-Washington halls starting this fall.
 

WIU Director of residential and auxiliary facilities, Joe Roselieb, says that incoming freshmen will have the chance to live on floors designated for first-year students in Thompson and Lincoln-Washington halls, which also house upper-classmen. The First Year Experience (FYE) program will still be applied to freshmen and they will have the option to select the single rooms, optional super-single rooms, and traditional double rooms in both Lincoln and Washington halls. Additional living-learning communities (LLC) will be moved to both of these areas of campus, with two new communities, Business Studies and Agriculture Studies, set to begin in the fall.


"The feedback we often hear from prospective students and families is that they want their own room, updated accommodations and dining options within the hall, or in close proximity," Roselieb added. "Moving new students to these halls meets these student needs, and provides additional benefits and opportunities for incoming freshmen."

Additional peer mentoring and guidance from upper-class students can help the new students adapt to their environment easier says Ron Williams, vice president for student services.

"While freshmen will be housed together on floors designated for first-year students, they'll have the opportunity to get to know students who have the lay of the land, so to speak," Williams said. "Rather than having our new students separated from those students who have been here a year or three years, they have the opportunity to live and learn among those who have experienced the institution."
 

WIU’s decision to take Tanner, Bayliss and Henninger halls offline will ultimately reduce maintenance and utility costs. Resident assistants and building service workers will be relocated to other halls as needed. There are currently no further plans to demolish the North Quad halls.

 

(Original story from WIU News. Visit their article here)

 

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Local Monmouth Group hosts Founder of the Open Table next week

The members of the local Open Table invite you to join them for a meeting with Jon Katov, founder and CEO of the Open Table, who will be in Monmouth January 17 - 18.

 

Open Table is a support group of everyday people who use the Open Table model to unleash the power of relationship and their personal connections to assist an individual or family living in economic poverty change their lives. Groups of local community members form tables of six to twelve people to provide the people served with the skills and resources they feel they need in order to become more independent.

 

You are invited to attend one of two Open Table presentations on Friday, January 18. The first presentation is from Noon-1:00 PM (bring a brown bag lunch if you’d like). The other is from 5:30-7:30 PM. Both are at First Christian Church, 514 N. Sunny Lane in Monmouth.

 

For further information, please contact Jan and Pete Gebauer (337-9121) or Doug Cruse (221 9368).

 

 

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes Banquet Rescheduled to Feb. 3

The Fellowship of Christian athletes banquet in Macomb has been moved from this Sunday, January 13 to February 3rd, Sunday at the Heritage Room at WIU due to some concerns about the weather. 

 

If you are interested in attending, then please register for free as a table of 8 at Westernilfca.org right away. You can also contact Jack Hull at 217-473-5151. 

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Macomb Announces Community Marketing Project

Macomb Mayor Mike Inman today announced two new marketing initiatives that want to connect the City of Macomb and the local business community.

 

Nearly 50 bright new Banners highlighting community pride and other local advertising businesses have been mounted on street light poles on East and West Jackson Business corridor in the City of Macomb.

 

In addition to the banner project, Macomb updated the City Website to showcase 4 new Community Video Tours of the City. Both of these projects were made possible from a partnership between the City of Macomb, local Businesses and CGI Communications. CGI Communications works with municipalities to assist them with projects which wish to promote their communities and highlight other aspects of the local town. There is also no cost to the municipality, as the project is funded through support from local business and CGI Communications.

 

“We want to thank the 49 members of the business community who supported this new banner
project along the Jackson Street Corridor. We believe this will reinforce our city pride and
showcase our community’s economic vitality,” stated Mayor Inman. The banners were designed
by local designer Tim Rice of TJR Designs, and installed by AMP Electric.

 

"We are dedicated to highlighting the advantages of living and working in Macomb” Inman added, “advantages that include access to our wonderful business community. "

 

The four new community videos recently launched on the City of Macomb website.
The video program is designed to encourage viewers to discover more about area attractions,
economic development opportunities, quality of life, and local businesses.

 

Downtown Development Director, Kristin Terry, stated "We feel these video tours will be successful in promoting some of the many great things Macomb has to offer." 

 

CGI Communications focused on local talent in the production of the videos and Michael Thompson, TNT Services, was the videographer for the project. Visit https://cityofmacomb.com/city-video-tour/ to view the tour.

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Regional Media Winter Grand Auction Begins RIGHT NOW!

The Winter Grand Auction is currently live EVERY WEEKDAY at 11AM on all your favorite Regional Media Stations!

 

NAEZ INC: Multiple certificates available ranging from $500-$20

 

WESTERN ILLINOIS DETAILING: Three complete details valued at $150 along with a certificate worth $50.

 

ADAIR CAFÉ: Multiple $10 Certificates available

 

GAMAGE TV AND APPLIANCE: Gen-Air 34’ downdraft gas cooktop valued at $1,995 and a Crosley Professional Series counter depth, stainless steel refrigerator/freezer worth $2,499. Refrigerator designed as a top French door dual cooling system with bottom 2 drawer freezer and icemaker.

 

NELSON’S CLOTHING: First Responders Jacket valued at $290.

 

TILLITT COLLISION CENTER: Multiple $50 certificates.

 

EL RANCHERITO: Multiple $10 certificates.

 

ROCKY’S BAR & GRILL: Various $10 certificates.

 

SWEET SHACK 2.0: Multiple $10 certificates.

 

NOMAD TATTOO: Multiple certificates ranging from $250-$100.

 

GELSOSOMO’S: Multiple $20 certificates.

 

ROCKIN R’ OUTFITTERS: Multiple certificates ranging $100-$50.

 

CASSADY MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY: 1-year membership worth $1,200.

 

SCOTTIES FUN SPOT: Multiple $25 certificates.

 

M&B FURNITURE: England brown three seat sofa with decorative pillows valued at $899.

 

LINCOLN TATTOO: $500 worth of certificates.

 

CHUBBY’S: Multiple $10 certificates.

 

JIMMY JOHNS: Multiple discounted sandwich cards.

 

DAD’S GARAGE: Multiple certificates ranging from $50-$100.

 

DISCOUNT FURNITURE AND BEDDING: Solid Oak armoire with 3 adjustable shelves on top, 2 doors on bottom, and your choice of finish in antique black or medium oak.

 

FREE RANGE YOGA: Strength and personal training certificates; swing dance certificates; massage certificates; Zumba bodyworks and reflexology certificates; yoga, private yoga, and yoga therapy certificates.

 

MORE MEDICAL: 3-position lift chair valued at $750.

 

HARPOLES HEARTLAND LODGE: Multiple 1-night stays that include dinner and lunch valued at $200.

 

KOHL’S DIAMOND GALLERY: Over $1,500 of fine jewelry available.

 

RUBIX VAPORIZERS & ACCESSORIES: Multiple $50 certificates.

 

THE FLOWER POST: Multiple $10 certificates.

 

TRI STATES WATER, POOL AND SPAS: $500 certificate.

 

BRONZE IT: Multiple $49 one-month unlimited gold bed tanning for new customers only.

 

U STORE IT: Multiple $50 certificates for 1 month of 10’x10’ or larger unit for new customers only.

 

ELBE AUTO SALES: 3 complete sets of all-weather floor mats valued at $210 each.

 

FERRIS AUTOBODY: $500 certificate to be used as a deductible for collision repair only.

 

AQUEOUS VAPOR: Multiple $35 certificates.

 

BURLINGTON BEES: Multiple general admission tickets.

 

*Some Items will be auctioned off while certificates sell for a discounted price!

 

You can also call us at (309) 837-5551 to place a bid at anytime!

 

 

Pictures of the Armoire, Refrigerator, Sofa, and Jewelry are listed below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to place a bid, call us at (309) 837-5551 !

 

Tune in EVERY WEEKDAY at 11AM!

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2019 Fortress Bank Ag Strategies Set For January 29th

Fortress Bank will host their 32nd annual Ag Strategies Dinner Meeting later this month on Monday, January 28, 2019 at the Lake Hill Winery located on the west edge of Carthage, Illinois.  Registration and social time will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the ensuing program.  

 

This year’s keynote speaker will be John McGillicuddy. John is an Independent Agronomist. He is a principal partner in MC Agronomics, which is dedicated to providing education and unbiased technical support to help independent farmers be their own best agronomist in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, and North Dakota. John was educated in Chemistry at the University of Iowa. He has an additional 40 years of practical experience in hybrid and fertility research, field agronomy, technical support, and weed science in the upper Midwest and Southwest. He is also a Certified Crop Adviser in Iowa. He will be discussing “Getting Smarter with your Inputs with Today’s Margins”.

 

Farm Business Farm Management’s Bob Rhea will also be at the event to discuss how the recently passed tax reform bill will affect your bottom line while also highlighting his “Top 10 Ag Strategies” for the coming year.

 

This will be the 32nd consecutive year that Fortress Bank has hosted their Ag Strategies dinner meeting.  Everyone with an interest in agriculture is encouraged to attend.  Attendance is free but seating is limited, so reservations are required. Stop by any Fortress Branch or call 217-357-3112 or 217- 659-7776 by January 23rd, 2019 to reserve a seat for the event.

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Today in Peoria: World Renowned Local Mountaineer Barb Gurtler to Speak Before Premiere of "Free Solo" at Museum

World renowned Peoria mountaineer and marathoner, Barb Gurtler, will be speaking about her experiences from climbing mountains like Everest before the premiere of National Geographic’s “Free Solo,” today at 6:30 p.m. at Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater.

 

Gurtler, who turns 84 this year, began mountaineering in 1957. By 1993 she had climbed the highest peak in each of the 50 states as well as the summits of nearly all of Colorado’s 100 highest peaks. Gurtler has also climbed Kilimanjaro.

 

The documentary “Free Solo” follows free soloist climber, Alex Honnold, as he prepares for and attempts the first ever free solo climb (a climb with no ropes or equipment, using bare hands) of El Capitan, Yosemite National Park’s 3000-ft. monstrosity.

 

“Free Solo” is screening for a limited two-day run, Today, Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. and Tomorrow, Jan. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Giant Screen Theater. Tickets for the public cost: $10.50 for adults, $9.50 for seniors (60+) and students (with school ID) and $8.50 for youth (3-17).

 

Members: $8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors and students and $6.50 youth. The Friday showing is sold out.

 

For more information on the film or about the museum, call (309)-686-7000 or visit RiverfrontMuseum.org

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January Proclaimed Radon Awareness Month in Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed January ‘Radon Awareness Month’ in Illinois. Radon gas is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally and is recognized as the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Approximately 1,200 people in Illinois are estimated to develop radon-related lung cancer each year.

 

“Radon related health risks are preventable,” said Governor Rauner. “Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established techniques. With greater awareness we can save lives.”

 

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) are combining their efforts in January to increase public awareness of radon risks and ways to reduce radon exposure. The two organizations announced the continuation of statewide contest that encourages students to promote radon awareness by using their creative talents.

 

The Illinois Radon Poster Contest is open to students ages 9-14. Entries are due by March 1. Prizes include $200 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place. For more information, visit https://www.lung.org/localcontent/illinois/documents/2019-illinois-radon-poster.pdf.

 

High school students also have a chance to compete for prizes by participating in the Illinois Radon Video Contest. This contest requires students to produce a creative 30-second YouTube video about radon. The deadline is March 8. Videos can be created by an individual student, group of students or classroom. Student prizes include $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, $500 for third place and $250 for seven honorable mention videos.

 

The top 10 videos will also be entered into a ‘most views’ contest to help increase students’ marketing and outreach skills. Winners will be given a link to share with their friends. The video with the most views will receive an additional $300. Overall, the schools of the top three winners will receive a respective $300, $200 and $100 for first, second and third places.

 

March 8 is the deadline for all videos, entry and release forms. Details about the video contest are available on the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) website at https://www.lung.org/local-content/illinois/documents/2019-illinois-radon-video-official-rules.pdf

 

All contest prizes are funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Both contests are sponsored by IEMA, ALAIL and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5.

 

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MDH Offers Community CPR Class on January 23

MACOMB, Ill. - McDonough District Hospital, along with Lifeguard Ambulance Service, will offer a Community CPR class on Wednesday, January 23, at 6 p.m. in Auditoriums A & B and Auxiliary conference room (lower level) at MDH. 

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is a life-saving technique to be used if someone would choke, stop breathing, or experience cardiac arrest. This class offers Adult, Child, and Infant techniques for CPR and obstructed airway. Instruction for the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) will also be covered.

Pre-registration is required and the fee for the course is $40. MDH Community CPR classes are taught according to the American Heart Association guidelines. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, anyone having special needs should give advance notice when registering for the class. 

 

For more information or to register, please contact MDH Outreach Services at (309) 836-1584. To learn more about MDH Community Classes, visit www.MDH.org.

 

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