Trinity Lutheran Church will house a Red Cross Blood Donation opportunity on Friday, August 28 from 8 AM to 2 PM.

The Kankakee County Beef Youth participated in the 2020 Youth Livestock Expo on August 1 at the Will county fairgrounds. It was open to all Kankakee youth. There were 15 exhibitors in the beef barn.

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for a special meeting on July 29, 2020, where the Board announced its intended plans for the 2020-21 school year. The plan has been sent to the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) for final approval.

Despite the fact that a plan for the 2020-2021 school year had already been presented, a change has been made to modify the educational options available to all students.

The Reddick Community Auxiliary donated a new sign to the town of Reddick. It was a project that started when the group was the Reddick Lioness and took a great deal of organizing. Josephine “Jo” Murphy came up with the motto “the little town between the curves” as this was how the town was …

Census takers will start knocking on residential door in Herscher starting July 30th for those who have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Census takers are hired from our own communities. 

The Donald L. Lockwood Water Treatment Plant is undergoing $300,000 worth of improvements. The bricks of the facade must be removed to make room for a garage door which will be vital in the removal and replacement of the iron filters.

Susan Kuntz, secretarial ‘Jack of all Trades’ at Herscher High School for 23 years, has retired. 

On July 23, the IESA Board of Directors unanimously approved to cancel the regular season and IESA state series in the sports of boys and girls golf, boys baseball, girls softball, and boys and girls cross-country for the 2020- 21 school year. There are no plans to try and re-schedule the ac…

Pope Francis announced Friday that he has named Bishop Ronald A. Hicks, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as the sixth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Joliet.

At Herscher’s Village Board met on Monday evening it was announced that the Village Park parking lot project is almost finished. Andy Cotter mentioned he will inquire about the cost of putting parking lines down when the current project is finished. 

Jaxon Ruder, left, and Tanner Jones load a treasure purchased at one of Herscher’s many garage sales last week.

For the remainder of the summer term, the KCC Food Pantry has created two different grab and go food packs for students. 

At Monday evening’s Herscher CUSD2 Board meeting, it was announced that in-person education will resume in the fall with a few changes in the official 2020-2021 calendar. (See page 4 for calendar.) 

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At Monday evening’s Herscher Village Board meeting, the board approved sidewalk work on Main Street and 3rd Street. Also, Vernon Street concrete work will be done this year and asphalt work will be completed in 2021.

What began as a summer job two years ago is finally complete! Kloe Longtin was hired by the Herscher Pilot in the summer of 2018 primarily to type and catalogue the 1,440Sagebrush columns written by deceased Pilot Editor, Robert Mau. That daunting task was finally completed on Thursday, just…

After 36 years, David Elliot has retired from his Country Insurance multi-line agency. He will continue working for part of the year in crop insurance only, in a different office in the same building at 100 S. Main, in Herscher.  

Things are looking up at Alliance Grain in Cabery. For the past few months, improvements totalling about $5,000,000 have created a change in the look and capacity of the elevator. The changes have increased storage capacity by 550,000 bushels. 

On Thursday, June 25 from 3 to 6 PM, Herscher Christian Church will host Feeding the Flock. The current boxes are a pre-packed variety of 20 lbs. of fresh produce and 10 lbs. of dairy products. Contents vary each week.   It is open to anyone and everyone with no income restriction. Please si…

The 4th of July is usually celebrated with cookouts, outdoor activates and fireworks shows. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many communities have canceled their displays. This is raising concerns about an increase in use of novelty fireworks and illegal fireworks in Illinois.

At last night’s Herscher CUSD2 board meeting, Supt. Rich Decman announced that there is a positive balance in the educational fund for the 2020-2021 school year. The 2021-2022 school year will give him a truer monthly picture of the situation going forward. 

On Monday afternoon, approximately 25 people attended a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest at Herscher’s Village Park organized by Skyler Brinkman, a 2015 Herscher High School graduate.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that his office has launched an online driver’s license and ID card preregistration application program to reduce the processing time of transactions at Driver Services facilities. It is a proactive approach that will save customers time duri…

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Herscher High School’s newspaper, Tiger News Today (TNT), placed second in the state in their division for Best Print Publication in the 2020 IJEA Newspaper & Digital Media Contest.

In response to Covid-19 and state guidelines that limit social gatherings, restrictions have caused a plethora of cancellations of this summer’s events.

The Herscher School District is requesting feedback on remote instruction which was required at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

In the interest of the safety of our patrons, Limestone Township Library District (LTLD) has been closed during the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean the library stopped all services. Online resources have been available and will continue to be available with e-resources such as Overdrive E-Bo…

At Monday evening’s Herscher Village Board meeting, Mayor Ray Schneider announced that the Village of Herscher and its residents do not qualify for any existing disaster aid, although Representative Lindsay Parkhurst continues to research options for any possible assistance. Schneider stated…

There were no long speeches, no handshakes, no fanfare... just a walk across the stage to pick up a diploma cover from an unmanned table in the presence of family and a few Herscher High School staff. 

If you are unaware of what is included in Phase 3 of reopening, here are some highlights. More detailed information can be found in the article on page 6.

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Herscher area Historical Society is pleased to announce both museums will be open again on a regular schedule.

Herscher’s Mayor, Ray Schneider, penned a letter to the governor on Thursday, May 21 requesting financial assistance, both for the village, and for its residents for damage received last week from torrential rains and subsequent flooding.

On Memorial Day, American Legion Post 795 honored fallen veterans at area cemeteries. Those who visited were asked to observe safety measures by using masks and social distancing. 

Those who are laid off or out of work—whether or not due to the COVID-19 pandemic—are invited to explore different career avenues with the help of Kankakee Workforce Services, a local American Job Center. 

Simon Walthers is the Herscher High School Valedictorian for 2020. He is the grandson of Judy Walthers.

Due to the restrictions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Herscher Chamber of Commerce has cancelled the 100th Labor Day Celebration scheduled for early September. 

Herscher Legion Post 795 will not be hosting its annual program on Memorial Day. Instead, the Honor Guard will be visiting area cemeteries for a brief ceremony.

On Monday evening, the Herscher CUSD2 Board approved a “graduation” for Herscher HS in which each student will be given a time and location to meet at HHS in their cap and gown wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.