Although the IHSA Bass Fishing team was approved for this school year, the team is responsible for its own funding. 

Nathan R. Gast, 9, of Reddick, was killed February 13 in a single-vehicle crash on Illinois Route 17 west of Dwight in Livingston County.

Gunnar Tejes, Herscher High School sophomore, has been accepted to perform at the 2021 Rose Bowl Parade as a member of the Bands of America Honor Band. Tejes is a marching band drum major in the HHS band.

At Monday evening’s Herscher CUSD2 Board meeting, Alan High, Herscher High school soccer coach, proposed the addition of a 7th and 8th grade soccer program. The proposal includes playing other local schools, but is not an IESA sanctioned program.

Herscher High School’s Winter Ball took place on Saturday evening. The court is pictured above L-R:  J.D. Gibbs,  Anna Cotter, Will Benoit, Emma Koerner, Max Cinnamon, Delaney Fay, Robbie Landeck - King , Megan Basham - Queen, Paiton Cordes, Jacob Schultz, Olivia Ruder, and Matthew Lemke.

On Saturday, February 1, members of U2CT (Unit 2 Classroom Teachers) treated fellow faculty, administrators and members of the community to an evening of food tasting and prizes at the annual Dollars for Scholars fundraising event held at the Herscher Legion.

Spring Turkey Applications:  Permit applications for the third lottery for 2020 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season are due by Feb. 10. Hunters wishing to apply should visit the IDNR website for more information: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/TurkeyHunting.aspx

Patrick Joyce from Essex was sworn into office Friday Nov. 9 as state senator for the 40th Legislative District. He replaces Toi Hutchison for the remainder of her term which ends in 2021. The 40th Senate District ranges from southeastern Grundy County, most of Kankakee County, a third of ea…

Right now, the American Red Cross has a critical type O blood shortage and urgently needs donors of all blood types – especially types O negative and O positive – to give blood. 

The Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley is honored to announce the Erica Lynn Paulissen Scholarship Fund. The Fund provides two scholarships of $500 each, awarded to graduating seniors from high schools in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties.

A new road sign (left) has been erected in Herscher in honor of Drew Rogers winning the 2019 IHSA Class 1A State Cross Country meet. 

A WGN News weather station and camera were installed atop Herscher High School last Wednesday.  

At Monday evening’s HCUSD2 board meeting, the board acknowledged the donation of the WGN WeatherBug camera and weather station. Mr. Miller, Herscher Intermediate School Principal, discussed the educational benefits of having the equipment.

Although Vera J. Brantan, who passed away in March of 2018, probably did not know any of these Limestone Middle School students, these students and many 

Austin Scott, 13, of Reddick, passed away June 23, 2017 after battling cancer. 

For 18 years, the HUGS Program has existed at Limestone Elementary School and enables the students and their families to help others during the holiday season. 

Dan Hendrickson, Kankakee County Clerk, released vital statistics for Kankakee County for 2019. As of January 6, 2020, there were 1,429 births registered in this county for 2019. This is 13 more than were registered in 2018. The most popular name for boys was a tie between Liam, Levi and Gra…

When you enter the Herscher Pilot office, normally the first person you see is Sally Schneider. She knows almost everyone and almost everything related to Herscher. If she doesn’t know, she knows how to find out.

Clifford Brewer has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder in connection with a triple homicide which took place on Christmas Day in Cullom.

The University of Illinois Extension in Kankakee County would like to announce our upcoming horticulture programs for 2020. Holly Froning, Master Gardener Coordinator for Kankakee County states “I am excited about starting off the New Year offering a variety of workshops that will enhance yo…

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:

On Saturday, the second of Herscher’s charity auctions grossed over $16,000 for local causes. Pictured above, Don Duval holds up a large Hershey bar as auctioneer, Todd Holmes,entertains the crowd with his skills.

Hundreds were on hand for Friday’s Christmas in Herscher parade and Pizza with Santa. The Herscher High School band heralded the arrival of Santa on a firetruck. Children visited with Santa throughout the evening. 

On September 20, at approximately 11:00 AM, the Herscher home of Craig and Darthy Bisaillon, and their four children burned. Although the house was a total loss, no one was home and there were no injuries. 

Brenda Leiser, pictured above right, and Michelle Brugioni, of Leiser Furniture, hosted a Holiday Christmas Market at their stores on Wednesday featuring local businesses run by women. Shoppers could select from clothing, jewelry, crafts, and more at the event. Leiser stated, “It was a great…

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 more than $35,00…

The Bonfield Area Historical Society depot is raising funds to bring the depot out of storage and become a permanent home for a museum.

More than $10,500 was sent to the Honor Flight organization to fly veterans to Washington, D.C. in order to view the military memorials. The Herscher American Legion Auxiliary sponsored a steak dinner on November 9 to raise the trip funds through donations, sponsors, and sales.  Pictured are…

Herscher’s Ag students have been nurturing poinsettias which will be sold to the public in the greenhouse located on Elm Street in Herscher. Pick up/shopping days are Saturday, December 7th from 8 am -12 noon and Tuesday, December 10th from 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm.  If you preorder, you will pay a…

The first of two Christmas Charity Auctions held annually in downtown Herscher will take place Saturday afternoon of Thanksgiving weekend at The Athletic Club.

At Monday evening’s Herscher Village Board meeting, Carmen Huizenga, an accountant for Smith, Koelling, Dykstra, & Ohm, provided highlights of the 2018-2019 Audited Financial Statement. As Huizenga concluded the positive report, John Branz lamented that the SKDO office has closed their b…

You never know what, or who, you will find at Herscher Area Historical Society’s Anderson House. Pictured above is Ralph Schuller, left, son of Dr. Reinhold Schuller, a Herscher physician in the 1950’s and 60’s. Also pictured above is Monica Ruder, right, museum volunteer. 

Kankakee’s Riverview Historic District will feature five homes and Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Prairie-Style house during its 32nd annual Holidays in Historic Christmas House Walk on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 11am until 4 pm. Funds raised will continue to support neighborhood events, promotion, and…

On Friday, December 13, Santa will be arriving in Herscher via firetruck first down Main St., then to the Herscher Legion, where he will greet children on the stage. 

At the Limestone Township Library join us for our annual visit with Santa with two separate sessions on Monday, December 9 at 5:45 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. and 6:45 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst announced the 79th District office is partnering with the Marine Corps Reserve for the Toys for Tots program for a third year.