SEA (Students for Environmental Awareness) club members Kamden Lockwood, Maddy Offerman, Rylie Hartman, Sophia Brozis, Miranda Patesch, and Abby Schneider recently participated in the adopt a highway program cleaning up two miles of 12000 road.  In addition, students for Environmental Awaren…

At Monday evening’s Herscher CUSD2 board meeting, Elm Street residents addressed the board regarding their opposition to the district’s plan to add additional parking, fencing, and an entry/exit point at the Herscher High School sports complex over the next 6-18 months. 

Elise Kukuck, sophomore, attempts to corral the ball away from the onlooking Streator defender while Kaitlyn Gioia, freshman, looks on. 

Monday evening’s Herscher Village Board meeting ended the official tenure of Board President Ray Schneider after 24 years. 

At a retirement reception for Ray Schneider, outgoing mayor of Herscher, he thanked his family, past and present village board members, village employees, the police department, and others in the community for their assistance over the six terms that he has been mayor. 

On the weekend of Saturday, April 24, Herscher High School joined 89 of the top quiz bowl teams from small high schools for the 2021 Small School National Championship Tournament to determine who was the best.  This year's SSNCT was held online through Zoom calls.

The Blessed Trinity Knights of Columbus will host a community blood drive on Wednesday, May 12.  All blood donations will be tested for Covid-19 antibodies.

In its 36th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company has announced Drew Rogers of Herscher High School as its 2020-21 Gatorade Illinois Boys Cross Country Player of the Year. 

Herscher’s Harvest View Senior Living is the current home of five residents who are 100 years old, or nearly 100.

Most of us appreciate the fact we live in a community where the concept of locking your doors seems like an option instead of a necessity. 

The Spring Fling, a fundraising event which historically draws hundreds to the Herscher Legion, was once again relegated to a garage due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Senior, Camden Berns (34), muscles past Reed-Custer’s defender on Friday night. Herscher’s hard-fought contest against Reed-Custer resulted in a win for the Tigers with a final score of 21-15. More HHS sports photos are found on page 8.

At Monday evening’s Herscher CUSD2 board meeting, Supt. Rich Decman announced that, in comparison to last year at this time, the budget was down about $100,000, which had been expected.

The Herscher village board meeting began with outgoing Board President, Ray Schneider, and the rest of the board expressing their extreme gratitude to the village residents for voting in favor of the tax referendum. 

Ron Oloffson, Herscher High School’s basketball coach for 29 years, has resigned from his varsity coaching position following a meeting with the school board on March 31.

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church will be distributing Spring food baskets on Saturday, April 17, from 9:00-10:00 am.  If you are in need of a basket, please call Hardware Hank at 815.426.2113 by Thursday, April 15th. 

The Herscher Village Board offered two informational meetings for residents last week regarding the 1% sales tax referendum which will be on the April 6 ballot. The funds are to be used exclusively for road maintenance, specifically a 24-year plan to resurface all of the village streets and roads.

Reminiscent of HHS homecoming parades of the past, the sounds of a Spirit Parade filled Herscher’s downtown on Friday evening.

In an unusual year, IHSA fall sports are being played this spring due to Covid-19 delays during the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. Herscher High School soccer, volleyball, and football are now in full swing. Even though the seasons are abbreviated, students are delighted to return t…

Herscher’s Village Board will be hosting a public meetings on Saturday to address residents’ questions regarding the proposed 1% sales tax increase referendum on the April 6 ballot for the purpose of sustainable street maintenance. The meeting will take place on Saturday, March 27th from 10-…

For the second year, Herscher’s Spring Fling will still go on, but will be closed to the public. Revised letters will be going out soon for existing Spring Fling ticket holders.

Herscher High School’s bowling team placed 6th in the Highland Sectional on Saturday in the virtual tournament which took place at Brookmont Bowling Center in Kankakee. According to Coach Kelly Styck, “ All the girls bowled well and had a good time!” Pictured  are (from left) Charlotte Baker…

The Herscher Village Board met Monday night and discussed several items, the first being the building of a new press box at Village Park.

The Pilot office received a call on Friday morning from the associate producer of American Pickers. The show is planning to film in our area in May of 2021. 

“His Helping Hands”, a food distribution ministry at Herscher Christian Church, will take place on Saturday, March 20th, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. 

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At Monday evening’s Herscher CUSD2 Board of Education meeting, Dr. Rich Decman stated that the district is operating at “very close to a balanced budget.”

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On Monday evening, the Herscher High School Varsity Scholastic Bowl team won the Regional Championship, even though they were the smallest 2-A school to

Illinois residents are invited to a statewide virtual career fair from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021.

The Herscher FFA Chapter and Ag Boosters will host their Annual FFA auction virtually this year. 

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On Friday, some good-natured teachers were participants in a fundraiser for the Hubert family who recently experienced a house fire. The fire destroyed the garage which contained their handicap accessible van. The van is necessary to transport Luke, a family member with Duchene Muscular Dyst…

Herscher is a very unique small town. Its 12 miles of streets, sidewalks, and curbs set it apart from most villages of its size.  However, those unique attributes have become extremely expensive to maintain.  

HB 811 removes publication of government, school district and community college notices from newspapers and publishes on government entity’s web site. It is sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Carroll and co-sponsored by Reps. Carol Ammons, Daniel Didech, Joseph Sosnowski, and Sam Yingling.

At Monday’s evening’s Herscher Village Board meeting, John Branz started the meeting by saying that the village was in good financial standing.

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These Kankakee Area Career Center students have been inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. From left to right are: Daven Arseneau, Benjamin Elizinga, Olivia Jensen, Brooke Sidentop, Jillian Cotter, Gabrielle Deany, Ryan Uftring, and Nathan LaGesse. Not pictured: Ella Klaman and…

“His Helping Hands”, a food distribution ministry at Herscher Christian Church, will take place on Saturday, February 20th, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM, It is open to everyone.  This will be a drive-thru pantry. Individuals are welcome to pick up for those in need as well.

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The Herscher Legion will be hosting a drive thru (curbside) pulled pork dinner on Saturday February 20 from 5 pm till 7:30 pm. The meal will include a pork sandwich, BBQ sauce on the side, coleslaw, chips, cookie and a water. Cost of the meal will be $8, and extra sandwiches will be $3 with …

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Country Financial agent Chad Ringler, and his associate Tricia Grigas, visited the the Herscher High School Ag Business Class on February 4 to discuss the elements of insurance. 

Herscher High School basketball is back in action after more than 300 days without a game due to Covid-19. Above, number 32, senior Bascom Jackson, fights for command of the ball at Saturday’s home match against Reed-Custer.

Looking for Lincoln is proud to present three online events featuring scenes from the recent musical play “The Spirit of Lincoln” by the Springfield Theatre Centre in Springfield, Illinois. The episodes will premier on February 10, 17, and 24, 2021 at 7 pm on the Looking for Lincoln Facebook…

Sisters Charlotte, Caroline, and Kate Fulton, and cousin Lydia Wright relax in their deluxe snow fort built at the home of their grandparents, Gery and Cathy Wright.  

After months devoid of high school sports, they are making a comeback this week. IHSA released new guidelines on January 27 which includes the latest sports schedule for the remainder of 2020-2021.

Ignoring posted no trespassing signs, four women carrying plastic sleds climbed at least 80 feet of a 200-foot-tall pile of agricultural limestone remnants at the Lehigh Quarry early Monday morning, according to local firefighters.

The Illinois House and Senate passed a bill that is sure to bring sweeping changes to law enforcement for years to come if signed into law by Governor Pritzker. The bill, HB 3653, has been the topic of many conversations on social media, the news, and other platforms since then. I sat down w…

At Herscher’s Village Board meeting on January 19, the board accepted the resignation of Detective Larry Osenga.