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.

Herscher High School’s Drew Rogers triumphed  in Friday’s 3200 meter Class 2A State Track Meet with a time of 9:17.23, almost four seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. He followed that impressive win with a 1600-meter Class 2A state record time of 4:13.26, also 4 seconds ahead of his …

At Monday evening’s Herscher CUSD2 board meeting, the board approved a request to host the Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corp from July 1-4. The 150-member group will utilize the high school gym, locker rooms, and Seebach Stadium during their stay.

The Village budget for next year was read by board member John Branz at Monday night’s board meeting. Branz mentioned the revenue indicated in the budget for next year is expected to be up 43% while the the total expendatures will only increase by 9.2%. Branz also mentioned that all of the v…

A very important reminder is that entries for this year’s fair will close on Tuesday, June 29th at 5:00 pm.  The Fair is currently accepting entries at the Fair House on the corner just outside the fairground fence from 9 am to 3 pm.  There are also a limited number of Fair books that may cu…

For the first time ever in Class 2A, the Herscher High School boys’ track team won their sectional. Pictured are: Kamden Lockwood,Ben Morgan, Dominic Mascolo, Dalton Woods, Drew Rogers, Thomas Morgan, AJ Cotter, AdinMorrical, and Jace Martin. 

Jeremiah is one of three comfort dogs that attended Trinity Lutheran’s VBS on Friday. Lutheran Church Charities provided the comfort dogs which are working animals trained to interact with people of all ages and circumstances who are suffering and in need. 

Two teams and 23 individual athletes from Kankakee Community College have been awarded NJCAA honors for academic achievement during the 2020-21 school year. The awards were formerly called Academic All-American.

Herscher High School’s Drew Rogers, junior, maintained his dominance as one of the top runners in America with a second-place finish at the Hoka Festival of Miles’ Big River Running High School Boys Championship Mile.

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The Salvation Army of Kankakee County is holding an informational meeting on June 8th at 5:30pm for anyone interested in volunteering with the Emergency Disaster Services Team. The information meeting will take place at The Salvation Army Corps & Community Center located at 148 N. Harris…

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In July of 2018, former Herscher resident, Mel Schriefer, came to the Pilot office to share a “few pictures”.  Most were enlarged, well-preserved junior high and high school photos of his days as an athlete at Herscher.       

On Memorial Day, American Legion Post 795 honored fallen veterans at several area cemeteries.  

The HHS SEA organization, along with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), hosted a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event in conjunction with a Covid vaccination clinic on Saturday at Herscher High School.  

Lauren Henry will turn 100 on May 23. Henry was born and raised in Buckingham. He now lives in Charlottesville, NC.

Emmet Haram scored big with this exciting purchase at last weekend’s garage sales in Herscher. Perfect spring weather accompanied a successful weekend of garage sales. The return of this annual event provided a glimpse of normalcy after more than a year of Covid-19 restrictions.

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.