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Recent articles by Gary:

Stark County to have enhanced 911 service through partnership with Peoria County

Stark County is building a new state-of-the-art emergency communications center in Toulon, Illinois. → Read More

Washington man dies while mushroom hunting in Marshall County

An Illinois man was found dead in Marshall County. He had traveled from Washington to hunt morel mushrooms. → Read More

Sheriff: Wet pavement contributed to fatal crash that killed 58-year-old near Lacon

Steven R. Adams, 58, was the sole occupant of a vehicle that hit a tree last week on wet pavement north of Lacon. → Read More

Enough power for 10,000 homes: New energy project nears approval just north of Peoria

The project is estimated to bring in $3.5 million of property tax revenues over three decades to local governments, most of it to local schools → Read More

'End of its repairable life': Old Illinois River bridge getting $128 million replacement

Construction is a few years away, but decisions are being made soon on the location for a new bridge and how other parts of the replacement will go. → Read More

Peorian killed in rollover crash in Marshall County on Tuesday

Edgar Teran-Loredo, 46, was driving east on Western Rd. near County Rd. 500E at about 3 p.m. when his BMW sedan left the roadway. → Read More

In 190 years, this Illinois county has never had a female clerk. That changes July 1

Tina Dolder will succeed Dan Kuhn in the Putnam County position, and plans to seek election in 2022. → Read More

Marshall County trial: Gary Berchtold convicted of murder in death of former Peoria resident

The 41-year-old Edelstein man was convicted Friday of shooting former Peoria resident Tiffini Marie Murphy to death. He faces at least 20 years. → Read More

Marshall County will have its first murder trial in 11 years. What to know as it begins

Gary Berchtold of rural Edelstein faces charges for crimes that he allegedly committed nearly three years ago. → Read More

This central Illinois city is eliminating its police department. What happens next?

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department will take over policing in Wenona, an Illinois community of about 1,000 people. → Read More

Stark County crash victim remembered as 'fantastic worker' and 'wonderful mother'

Jessica Recinos was killed in a crash early the morning of March 29 while on her rounds as a rural medical worker. → Read More

Identity released for victim in fatal Stark County crash

The driver of the semitruck was taken to a Kewanee hospital but was not believed to be injured in the collision Monday. → Read More

One person dies in Stark County crash between semi and SUV

Authorities were called to the crash scene shortly after 7 a.m. Monday → Read More

Family shares memories of century-old Illinois home damaged in alleged arson

‘Those walls could tell some stories,' one of John and Mary Egleton's sons says of old homestead outside Toluca → Read More

'Foreign competition' will close Illinois chemical plant north of Peoria, costing 50 jobs

Emerald Polymer Additives LLC says it looked for other options to continue operations, but none were financially viable → Read More

New central Illinois agriculture services center adding 20 jobs in rural community

The proposal calls for up to 20 new jobs at the multi-building facility → Read More

New Marshall County prosecutor, public defender sworn in

One step up for everyone: Prior state's attorney became a judge; former public defender took over his job; and a new lawyer steps in as public defender → Read More

Central Illinois church marks 175th anniversary, 'still alive, still welcoming new members'

Pattonsburg Christian Church's sesquicentennial year also featured the start for a new pastor, age 22 → Read More

Central Illinois district's $800,000 asbestos removal marks start of $35 million renovation

Sweeping renovation of two buildings comes after years of delayed maintenance, district officials said → Read More

Illinois teen flies through pilot training, despite COVID-related obstacles

COVID-related precautions threw in added challenges, but Brady Neuhalfen still secured required training. → Read More