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. 

Currently, there are no churches in Milks Grove Township. But years ago, there were two churches in Section 26. 

Businesses, Organizations, and Individuals: If you would like to be included in the 2020 Congratulations Seniors page in the May 21 editon of the Herscher Pilot, please call or email the Pilot by May 14. We have ad sizes available for every budget beginning at $10. For more information, Phon…

Give your 2020 graduates the attention they deserve by placing an ad in the  Herscher Pilot May 21st senior edition.

The Pilot posts neighboring towns’ Census Completion percentages weekly for this friendly census 2020 competition. 

Barber shops and hair salons have been considered non-essential businesses during the past weeks since the Covid-19 shelter-in-place order began. 

On Saturday afternoon, members of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Herscher gathered to pray the Rosary and honor Mary by crowning her.

Herscher High School seniors are receiving a gift from the Herscher School District this week. The District purchased yard signs to celebrate the 2020 Herscher High School graduates. 

I can’t decide whether we’ve ended April or March.  There is no doubt now that spring doesn’t know what it wants. This past month was more than three degrees cooler than average while having a record high in the 80s one day and another when highs couldn’t get out of the 30s. It wasn’t overly…

The April 14 Herscher CUSD2 Board of Education meeting was recorded for live viewing purposes and was published on the internet. 

In the interest of the safety of our patrons, Limestone Township Library District is closed until further notice. The health and safety of our patrons and our staff is our first priority.

At Monday evening’s Herscher Village Board meeting, President Ray Schneider discussed the Kankakee County Covid-19 health department statistics, including the 59 recoveries.

Despite the lack of agriculture students attending school at this time, the HHS greenhouse plants and flowers still demand attention. Larry Haigh, agriculture teacher and FFA sponsor, continues the daily duties of watering and pruning as the growing continues. Luckily, Haigh is able to recei…

On Sunday, Herscher School District families were informed by Richard Decman, Superintendent, that one district employee had tested positive for COVID-19.

This week the gaps are tightening, except for the Campus/Reddick contest. Campus is improving, but has a long way to go to catch up to Reddick.

At Monday evening’s Village Board meeting, finances were discussed, including Herscher’s $111.79 share of new funds received by the State of Illinois for cannabis sales. 

In order to put a little fun in completing the 2020 Census, let’s have a census competition using towns in the Herscher school district which is just one of the many organizations that will benefit from an accurate count.

Bonfield Grand Prairie Parish will have recorded services with a message from Pastor Keith Blankenship on their Facebook page, Bonfield Grand Prairie Parish, on Maundy Thursday at noon and Easter Sunday at 8 am. There will also be a virtual communion on Easter Sunday with the message. To com…

Lydia Holt, 6, a student in Mrs. Engelman's kindergarten class, shows evidence of her success at finding hearts, rainbows, and smiley faces. Last week, Facebook friends and parents decided to decorate their windows with those items as a scavenger hunt for children who needed a change in scen…

Due to State mandates regarding COVID-19, this year’s Spring Fling will still go on, but will be closed to the public. 

In order to put a little fun in completing the 2020 Census, let’s have a census competition using towns in the Herscher school district which is just one of the many organizations that will benefit from an accurate count.

Sheriff Mike Downey announces the release of a new mobile app, which is available as a free download from the iPhone and Android app stores. The app’s timely release will mean the availability of alerts, news, and resources of importance to Kankakee County citizens and businesses. This app i…

Herscher’s Police Chief, Chad Scanlon, posts signs on Main Street designating spaces to be reserved for Take Out and Curbside Pickup at Herscher Family Restaurant on Thursday.

Due to State mandates regarding COVID-19, this year’s Spring Fling will still go on, but will be closed to the public. 

Although Herscher School District students and staff are on spring break this week, they had the opportunity to get a taste of e-learning last week, due to the COVID-19 pandemic which caused schools around the nation to close.

Community Encouragement – Coronavirus Edition

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. 

Illinois Department of Public Health is now reporting 105 cases of COVID-19 in 15 counties in Illinois, an almost 50 percent rise in a day, as testing in the state continues to expand after delays in the availability of the test. Cases have occurred in all age ranges and the number of cases …

At Monday evening’s Herscher CUSD 2 Board of Education meeting, Supt. Rich Decman mentioned that there will be some costly piping repairs at the Herscher High School and Herscher Grade School complex. Also, twelve HHS exterior gymnasium doors will be replaced, paid for, in part, with a $50,0…

Karen Rushman of Kankakee has been named the 2020 Woman of the year by St. Margaret Mary Herscher Council of Catholic Women.

Herscher High Schools’ Student Council will be hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Friday, March 13th from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm in the Herscher High School Gymnasium.