These Herscher Unit 2 Students of the Month were honored during the January meeting of the Unit 2 Board of Education. Pictured front row: L to R: 2nd- Adley Sterrenberg, 5th- Grace Arseneau, 4th- Brooklyn Winkel, 3rd- Analee Arseneau; Back row: 6th- Addilyn Summers, 7th- Lillian Tucek, 8th- …

Dan Hendrickson, Kankakee County Clerk, announced that prospective candidates interested in running for specific offices in the June 28, 2022 General Primary Election may new obtain their nominating petition packets with the County Clerk’s office.  

The Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley has announced the 2022 Grant Award Competition is now open. Nicole Smolkovich, Executive Director, stated that the grants program is possible because of generous donations from donors throughout the area who provide funds to the Foundation’s …

Macey Moore, junior, soars above her opponents as she goes in for a layup on January 6 against Manteno. The Lady Tigers won the competition 48-39.

Minimum wage workers in Illinois will see a boost in their hourly pay to $12 per hour starting Jan. 1, while tenants in affordable housing units will be allowed to keep pets.

During Monday evening’s Herscher CUSD2 board meeting, the board approved the 2022-2023 school year calendar which begins on August 15 with a Teachers’ Institute. 

The Herscher Tigers basketball team celebrates with their trophy after winning the Kankakee Holiday Tournament. The Tigers defeated the Momence Redskins 54-23 in the championship game, earning the the school’s first KHT title since 2011. 

After a successful drive to collect items to bring joy to young cancer patients, the group delivered care packages to Lurie Children’s Hospital in December. 

Break up the dark and gloom of winter with a reading challenge at Limestone Township Library District (LTLD).

 Each year Herscher Community School District employees provide scholarship dollars to Herscher High School graduates to assist with college or trade school expenses. For the last year few years, they have been able to award six $1000 scholarships each year.   

The Herscher Chamber of  Commerce conducted its annual Christmas Decorating Contest on Sunday evening. A panel of judges toured the village at dusk and selected the following winners:

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Santa returned to Herscher on Sunday evening after spending an extra year at the North Pole due to last year’s Covid restrictions. 

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Bonfield Grade School first graders wrote letters to Santa last week. This week, the Herscher Pilot shares the letters from Mrs. Meyer’s class. Other classes will follow next week. (Original spelling has been retained.)

On Saturday, Pub on Main hosted its annual Christmas auction which raised over $20,000 for a variety of local charities.                         

Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will open the third year of the Fall Covers for Spring Savings Program on December 15. Applications will be available at https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Pages/default.aspx beginning at 8am. Funding of eligible acreage will be on a first come, fir…

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Bonfield Grade School first graders wrote letters to Santa last week. This week, the Herscher Pilot shares the letters from Mrs. Maier’s class. Other classes will follow in the coming weeks. (Original spelling has been retained.)

Following a lengthy presentation by Advanced Computer Specialites at Monday evening’s Herscher Village Board meeting, the board approved the switch from its current IT provider thereby saving money for the Village and offering a better product.

The return of Herscher’s annual Christmas charity auction season experienced its usual successful kickoff on Saturday thanks to generous members of the community. The Athletic Club, hosting its Thanksgiving weekend auction, sold a collection of both common and unique gift items and raised mo…

Santa is greeted by Limestone Township Library  District Elves, helping him get ready for the Evening with Santa program on Monday, December 6. For more information, call the library at 815-939-1696.

After a two year break because of the pandemic, Kankakee’s Riverview Historic District will once again feature five homes including Frank Loyd Wright’s first prairie style house during its annual Holidays in Historic Riverview Christmas House Walk on Sunday, December 5 from 11 AM until 4 PM.…

Cheri Thomas, pictured, organized Sunday’s Sip and Shop at Herscher’s Legion Community Center. The successful event, with 20vendors, drew a large crowd who came to shop. Thomas, the new Legion manager, states, “I’m really happy with the support our community showed the vendors and, in doing …

The Herscher FFA is once again selling poinsettias on a first come, first served basis. There are no preorders.

KCC is hosting workshops to help college-bound students and their parents understand the financial aid and scholarship process. Staff also will explain and clarify the types of aid which are available. The next one is Tuesday, Dec. 7, 6-8 p.m. in KCC Room M120.

One of Pledge for Life Partnership’s aims is to keep prescription drugs safe at home. A $10,000 Kankakee County American Rescue Plan Act  (ARPA) check was presented to Pledge for Life for the lock box initiative for that purpose. Pictured left to right are Pledge for Life Director of Life Ed…

On Saturday, the 12th Cash Bash for the County West Survivors Relay for Life team took place. Pictured above are volunteers Dennis Rettke and Tim Chmielowiec (facing the crowd), and Robbie Landeck and Shari Collins.  Deb Chmielowiec, a coordinator for the event stated, “Once again, this area…

The Athletic Club in downtown Herscher will host its annual Christmas Charity Auction, beginning at 2:00 PM on Saturday, Nov. 27. A wide assortment of holiday gift items will be sold and all proceeds will be distributed to local charitable causes. Items donated to be auctioned may be dropped…

Austin Scott’s Humble and Kind Foundation  is collecting items for Chemo Care packs which will be delivered to hospitalized cancer children in mid-December with the help of local 4-H children.  

Herscher Area Historical Society is ready for its third annual Christmas Treasures and Décor Sale. It will be held Saturday November 13th and Sunday November 14th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  

The Juried Art Exhibition, “Fall Reflections”, held its opening reception November 2, 2021 Harvest View in Herscher. The work of local and regional artists received the following awards presented by Juror, Wayne Baranowski.

At Monday evening’s Herscher CUSD2 board meeting, Supt. Rich Decman informed the board that the district is up about a million dollars from last year at this time. This is due, in part, to receiving tax payments earlier than last year.  

On October 17, Herscher High School Students for Environmental Awareness, Kaiyah Johnson,  Abby Snyder,  and Lindsay Curtis collected trash along two miles of Herscher Blacktop. 

Halloween seemed especially festive this year for the ghouls and boys.

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, Kankakee Community College will commemorate Veterans Day with a reception and recognition ceremony.

The Juried Art Exhibition,“Fall Reflections”, opens November 2, 2021 with an opening reception from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Harvest View in Herscher, IL  Jurors awards and comments at 6:00 pm. 

Thomas Morgan (left) receives a $1000 check from Country Financial’s Chad Ringler for winning the Punt4Dough competition with his 41 yard punt at Friday evening’s Herscher HS football game. Morgan is the son of Ben and Jackie Morgan of Limestone.

On Monday evening, a special Herscher Village Board meeting took place at the Athletic Club in order to introduce the “Rebuild Downtowns and Main Streets Capital Grant Program”. Herscher’s mayor, Shannon Sweeney, led the meeting which had several downtown business owners in attendance. 

After coaching at Herscher High School for 23 years, Dan Wetzel will coach his final football game on Friday. 

At Monday evening’s Herscher Village Board meeting, it was announced that Steven Spencer has been hired as the new code officer replacing Dave DeKoster. 

The Herscher CUSD2 board met on Tuesday, October 12, due to the Columbus Day holiday. 

Attention Herscher HS graduates who are student teaching this year: The U2CT Teaching Scholarship  is available to Herscher High School graduates who are majoring in Education and are student teaching during the 2021-2222 school year. The deadline for applying is November 19, 2021. See https…

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The Herscher United Methodist Women will hold a Craft, Baked Goods and Soup and Sandwich Luncheon Extravaganza on Saturday, October 16, 2021.  

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The large gray vessel pictured above , called a slug catcher, was on its way through Herscher to the Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Pipeline. During the winter months when natural gas is withdrawn from the Mt. Simon aquifer, the slug catcher separates the free water and sand from the gas stream i…

If you are hungry for a ham dinner, head to Bonfield on Saturday, Oct. 16--th from 4 to 7 pm, where the Bonfield Lions will host a Ham Dinner at the Bonfield Lions Hall located at 148 S. Stanford. 

According to FFA sponsor, Katlyn Post, “the Herscher FFA Chapter worked to put together 300 snack bags to show their appreciation to Farmers. The Herscher FFA is aware of the long hours and busy schedules that farmers have during harvest, the least we could do was pack snack bags for them.” …