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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 During the winter months when natural gas is withdrawn from the Mt.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.” …

Harvesting is underway in the County West area.  Andy Cotter, district manager of Alliance Grain states, “About 1/2 of beans and 1/3 of corn have been harvested with a yield similar to last year’s. Both the quality and yield are good.” As always, please remember to be patient with slow movin…

At Herscher’s village board meeting on Monday evening, the board discussed the issue of some residents not receiving garbage pick up, especially in alleys. The issue can be resolved by calling the village hall at 815-426-2131. Residents should call as soon as they realize their garbage hasn’…

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has issued a Public Warning regarding a growing number of fake pills bought online that are being laced with potentially lethal amounts of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. In addition, an animal tranquilizer, xylazine, has been recorded in a number of deaths n…

Hailey King was crowned Herscher High School’s 2021 Homecoming Queen at Friday evening’s football game. Brock Wenzelman was crowned King.

Kankakee Community College 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 2021 Herscher High School Homecoming Court includes juniors Marissa Contreras, Finley Cracco, Emma Taylor, Travis Jones, Hailey King, Brock Wenzelman, Clay Schultz, Ella Gessner, Tad Martinson, Lauren Uftring, Ethan Dressler, and Emery Robinson. The dance will take place on Saturday, Sep…

The Herscher village board meeting Monday night discussed Labor Day and the success of the weekend. Police Chief Chad Scanlon said it was a very quiet and safe weekend compared to previous years. 

This Limestone Middle School library display was put together for the students by librarian, Tricia Coffman, in observance of Constitution Week. 

Herscher High School’s Marching Band was joined by 8th grade band members during Friday evening’s football game. The band competed the following day at the Victor J. Andrew Marching Band Competition in Tinley Park where they received Third Place and Best Guard.

Herscher High School’s Jeremy Heck was awarded the plaque for Assistant Principal of the year from the Illinois Principals’ Association at Monday evening’s CUSD2 School Board Meeting. Presenting the plaque is Herscher Intermediate School Principal, Brett Miller.

Herscher played a rare Saturday afternoon football game against Dunbar Acadamy on August 29, winning  61-0. Pictured above is Cody Lunsford, senior.

The princess candidates for the 2021 Herscher Labor Day parade are: top to bottom: Grace Thompson, daughter of Glen and Katalin Thompson; Delaney Wright, daughter of Dustin and Michele Wright; Mya Kruse, daughter of Ryan and Jessica Kruse; Ariana Patchett, daughter of Evan and Ashley Patchet…

During the following weeks, schools in our District will be conducting safety drills-

On Saturday of Labor Day weekend in Herscher, a relatively new activity will take place - a Kids Day featuring softball and baseball in Village Park.

Motorists who have been unable to visit a driver services facility to renew their driver’s licenses and purchase vehicle stickers will be able to attend a free mobile unit event, sponsored by State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) in partnership with the secretary of state’s office. 

On Friday, August 20, beginning at 4:30 PM, the Herscher High School Athletic Booster Club will conduct a Tiger Raffle in conjunction with team scrimmages. 

At Monday’s Herscher village board meeting, it was announced that Vernon Street will finally  be redone starting on August 16th. The project is expected to be completed by Labor Day weekend. 

The Herscher Chamber of Commerce and its Labor Day Parade Committee announce that John Branz has been selected as the Grand Marshal of the 2021 Herscher Grand Labor Day Parade.

The Board of Directors of State Bank of Herscher, a subsidiary of Foresight Financial Group, Inc., announces that Randall Chaplinski has elected to retire his role as President/CEO at the end of 2021.  Mr. Chaplinski has been with State Bank of Herscher since 2015 when the bank became a memb…

Dozens of area youngsters participated in last week’s Vacation Bible School hosted by the Herscher Christian Church. The week featured VBS Bible stories, crafts, games, snacks and music.

A Kankakee County circuit judge set bond at $75,000 on July 14 for a man arrested last week on charges of stealing multiple vehicles allegedly including those of several local businesses.

On July 10, 2021, Dean Troutman, age 90, set off on his 3,500 mile quest through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri to raise money for St. Jude Children’s…

On July 13th, Herscher FFA Members were busy showcasing their livestock and other projects at the FFA Fair held at the Iroquois County Fairgrounds. Students who participated in the Fair include: Miles Hoffman, Halie Kohl, Kade Kohl, Allie Kohl, Benjamin Jensen, and Jarrett Wakey. Halie Kohl …

Herscher’s Squeals Showdown BBQ Competition, sponsored by the Herscher Chamber of Commerce, returned to Main Street on Saturday.  Twenty-four teams entered the day-long competition. The winners were: Pitmasters Choice-Bastie Boys, 

To encourage young people to continue learning this summer, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) is encouraging kids to participate in his Summer Book Club for children and young people who live in the 40th State Senate District.

Main Street Herscher was bustling with activity on Friday evening for Corn Bowl XLV.  Sweet corn, pork sandwiches, ice cream, games, and music by the Silhouettes provided a backdrop to enjoy a perfect summer evening in Herscher. The Herscher Lions Club sponsors this annual event.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 225 E. Third, Herscher will host a Red Cross Herscher Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, July 20 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Jayden Crane, of Herscher, has painted paw prints at Herscher Intermediate School in the student walkway to help the children know where to safely walk on the pavement. 

Recent heavy rains have created lakes where fields once stood. See Michael Janssen’s July Weather Outlook on page 5 to see what July’s weather may bring.

As local activities begin to return this summer, Kankakee and Iroquois counties present several 4th of July events in Aroma Park, Wilmington, Watseka, Kankakee, and Peotone.

Two bats have tested positive for rabies in the past month in Kankakee County. Be aware that bats that carry rabies may be found anywhere in Kankakee County. In Illinois, thirteen bats have tested positive for rabies so far this year.