Herscher Christian Church has experienced a few transitions in recent years. While Tyson Graber was senior pastor, Jacob Garrett began as an associate pastor at Herscher Christian Church in 2015.

Penny Berger (left) was the big winner on Saturday at the 28th Annual Spring Fling in Herscher. Her ticket was the $5,000 1st and $500 2nd place winner. The odds of that ocurring are 1 in 72,630. 

Monday evening’s CUSD#2 Board meeting began with good news from the district principals. A few highlights are: the preschool class at Bonfield Grade School held a garage sale where they could each spend 10 cents. They also had popcorn and lemonade stand for the school.

Thelma Webber (left) and Velma Murphy, “The Donley Twins”, celebrated their 80th birthday with a celebration on Saturday hosted by their family. Thelma, and her husband, Bob, have four children. Velma and her husband, Dale, have two children.

In the August 9, 2018 issue of the Herscher Pilot, personal stories were shared by many who had been injured, had miraculously escaped injury, or were family members of those who died as a result of a crash at the intersection of Lehigh Road and Illinois Route 115. 

Historic Preservation in Pilot Township and the Village of Herscher will be addressed at the Anderson House in Herscher, 243 N Oak St. on Tuesday April 9 at 7 pm.  

The Fast Path Degree program at KCC will have an information night Wednesday, April 17 from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Harold and Jean Miner South Extension Center in Watseka.

On Saturday, March 23, Herscher citizens did what they do best, took care of each other. 

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Illinois! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout your area from May 27th-June 9th.

Herscher High School’s “Platinum Accord” was the big winner at Friday evening’s Herscher’s Got Talent competition. The group won the top prize at the contest as well as the “People’s Choice” award. More photos of the contest and Swing and Sing appear on page 8.

The March students of the month were presented their awards at the March 11 school board meeting. Pictured are (L-R) front row: 2nd grade – Raegan Saffer, 5th Grade – Audrey Hoffman (February), 5th grade – Bryse Astle; Back row: 4th grade – Sara Weldon, 8th grade – Jessie Nelson, 7th grade –…

Herscher Grain, a mainstay in Herscher since 1954, is now Alliance Grain. 

School Gen Music, has requested to retire a year earlier than previously submitted. Sharon Galvan – Herscher HS Parapro, will retire on Oct 31, 2019, while Kevin Peterson -- Maintenance, will retire May 31, 2019. Michelle Mullin – Payroll, resigned, effective March 29, 2019.  

Saturday’s rainy weather didn’t affect the attendance at this year’s FFA auction. Hundreds gathered in the Herscher High School cafeteria to show their financial support for the FFA Alumni auction.

This year’s entertainment begins at 6:30 pm on Friday evening when the annual Herscher’s Got Talent show takes the stage in the Herscher High School gymnasium. Solos and groups from Herscher High School as well as Limestone Middle School are slated to perform throughout the evening. Admissio…

At Monday evening’s Herscher Village Board meeting, the board stated that the 13000W and 5000S Roads are in need of patching as well as tar and chip resurfacing.

After 43 years, Herscher High School cross country coach, Rick Livesey, retires from coaching. 

The Herscher Fire Department has just completed its second busiest year in the history of the fire department. In 2018, the Herscher Fire Department responded to 146 fire-related calls, and the ambulance service responded to 544 calls. 

Herscher Area Historical Society will present documentary producer Tom Desch speaking about “Local Stories That Touch The Nation” on Sunday, March 24 at 2pm at the Anderson House Museum, 161 W Myrtle, Herscher. Desch will discuss making a film documentary from research, story writing, photog…

Marianne Mau and Harold Fournier were crowned queen and king of the Diamond Gala Prom on Friday evening at Harvest View Senior Living. Ed Murray and Shirley Pearson were voted best dressed. Best dancer was Jean Kroll and cutest couple were Barb and Ivan Denault. The Paul Germano trio provide…

The Herscher FFA Chapter and Ag Boosters will host their Annual FFA free dinner and live auction on Saturday, March 9 beginning with the meal at 4:30 PM in the Herscher High School Cafeteria (which is a venue change).

Kankakee County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

These students were recognized as Herscher CUSD2 Students of the Month for February (L-R) Front Row: 6th Grade – Brayden Joyce, 3rd Grade – Carter Palinski, 4th Grade – Zoey Nelsen. Back Row: HS – Simon Walthers, 7th Grade – Keith Sullivan, and 8th Grade – Tucker White. Not pictured are: 2nd…

Several neighbors of a proposed solar farm near Bonfield and Herscher were relieved last month when the Kankakee County Board voted against it 18-7.

The Merchant Street Art Gallery of Artists with Autism is hosting an art show and reception featuring the artist Barry Lorberbaum from Chicago. The reception will be held on Friday, March 1st at 6:30 pm at the gallery, 365 E Merchant Street, in Kankakee. The Show runs from March 1st to March 30th.

Construction is well underway at Limestone Middle School. This winter’s extreme cold and icy conditions have hampered progress, but the completion is still anticipated for fall of 2019.

At the Herscher CUSD2 Board meeting on Monday evening, there was a lengthy discussion regarding the KCC early college program and a new Herscher High School early graduation policy. Both were approved.

On Friday, February 8, Verizon notified the village that Herscher’s Pilot Park water tower had sprung a leak. It is suspected that the recent extremely cold temperatures were responsible for the puncture in the shell wall of the tank, according to Keith Witheft, village public works operator…

The Herscher High School 2019 Winterball Court consisted of (L-R): Delaney Daly, Austin Yeast, Paula Bielinski, Reece Harrod, Mattie Brown, Marco Contreras, Mikayla Henderschott (Queen), Nathan Joffe (King), Lauren Buckley, Matthew Dorsey, Jillian Milton, and Kyler Masching.             Phot…

On Saturday, February 2, members of U2CT (Unit 2 Classroom Teachers) treated fellow faculty, administrators and members of the community to an evening of food tasting and prizes at the annual Dollars for Scholars event held at the Herscher Legion. 

The American Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive on Friday, Feb.1 , from 12:00 to 6:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. To save up to 15 minutes when donating, use “RapidPass”. For more information on that process, visit redcross.org/RapidPass. Please schedule appointments by calling De…

On Saturday, February 16, the Reddick Firefighters’ Association will present a Prime Rib Dinner, prepared by Fire Chief Andrew Kelson from 4:30-7:00 pm in the Community Room at the Reddick Community Fire Protection District - 210 E. Main St.

The Herscher Legion Fish Fry has been rescheduled for Friday, February 8 from  4:30 - 7:00 pm.

On December 12th, the Herscher FFA Chapter had two students compete in the Creed and Public Speaking CDE at Dwight High School. Halie Kohl (left), freshman, placed 4th in Creed Speaking at the section level. Kyler Masching, senior, placed 1st in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking portion of …

HHS library Skyped with YA author Jeff Zentner on January 19. He has two books published with a third one due out in February (Rayne and Delilah’s Midnight Matinee).

In recent news, police officers have been portrayed as negative, violent, and aggressive people. Certainly, police brutality has showered television screens and has cast a shadow over all police officers. These news stories have misconstrued peoples’ opinions of police men and women for years. 

On December 8th, the Herscher FFA Agronomy Team competed at the Illinois FFA State Agronomy Contest. The contest was hosted at the University of Illinois against the other schools in the state. 

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding snowmobile operators and riders to use caution and focus on safety this winter when conditions are right for snowmobile riding.

Ian (left) and Reed Bauer, of Herscher, enjoy the snow mounds left by the weekend storm.

Former Kankakee Valley Park District Executive Director Roy Collins will report to U.S. Bureau of Prisons on Feb. 26, where he will begin his 42-month prison sentence, followed by two years of probation.