At the October 13 Herscher CUSD2 Board meeting, the board approved an extension of the school day until 2:05 beginning January 5, 2021. The present school day for in person learners ends at 11:45 am. Sally Sullivan, board president stressed, “We need to get our kids back in school”.

SEA (Students for Environmental Action) collected 10 bags of trash on October 16 between 2000 S and 4000 S Rd. on 12000 W. Rd. Participants included: Finley Cracco, Rylie Hartman, Luke Hodgin, Kaiyah Johnson, Kamden Lockwood, Keegan Nowman, Maddy Offerman, Miranda Paetsch, and Abby Snyder. 

Alan Janssen, who farms south of Herscher, narrowly escaped injury when his combine burst into flames on October 14. Herscher, Chebanse Twp., Limestone, Otto, and Salina Fire Departments responded to the fire. Two acres of harvested bean field burned.

Tamara Palmer, a 1989 Herscher High School graduate residing in Park Ridge, has announced the publication of her new novel, Finding Lancelot. 

From 4-7 PM on October 17, the Bonfield Lions will host a Carry Out Chicken Dinner. Prices for 1/2 Chicken will be $9, and 1/4 chicken will be $7. Tickets sold in the spring will be honored. Tickets are also available at the door. For more information, call JoCarol at 815-545-5563. The Lions…

The fall harvest is in progress. As farmers endeavor to harvest their crops, slow moving vehicles abound in the area. Watch out for them and please be patient. 

An area-wide College Fair featuring more than 40 colleges and universities will begin Oct. 19.

On Oct. 19, the five Kankakee County Dairy Queen locations will be holding a Blizzard Fundraiser to support the Erica Paulissen Fund. The fund has been established to help area residents with college expenses.

Although fall is here, there are still plenty of fair-weather days left to take to the river.Water-related accidents claim too many lives across our nation’s parks and waterways.

Feed the Flock, a community food distribution project spearheaded by Matt Davies of rural Buckingham, has served about 400 families per week since its inception in the spring.

Drew Rogers runs alone as he sweeps the cross country meet at Legacy Park in Manteno on September 24. His time of 14:58 was almost a minute faster than the second-place finisher, Rohn Ritchie of Aurora Central Catholic, with a time of  15:54. The HHS boys team took first place among seven schools.

On Sunday afternoon, Brenda Leiser hosted free Community Yoga in the Park. Leiser, a former nurse, has been offering the Covid-19 social distancing classes for several months. She shares, “When I was still working in the ER I noticed how many people didn’t feel well and don’t sleep well. Sin…

The driver of the car pictured above sustained injuries on Monday morning when she failed to yield at the intersection of 12000 W and 8000 S. She was hit by a Ford F 350 truck pulling a flatbed trailer. 

Herscher’s Village Board offered the hope of a normal Halloween this year as the board voted last night to have trick or treat hours. The board members discussed proper safety protocols that can be used to limit risk but still allow the children to have a normal event for the first time in months. 

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) and State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) reacted to an announcement from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources today that the Kankakee River State Park Potawatomi campground is scheduled to reopen October 1. The two legislators work…

Herscher High School’s National Honor Society and Cross Country team joined forces to help clean up the debris at Limestone Park after the severe storms that passed through the area, making it possible for home cross country meets to take place there. Pictured above left from left are: Jace …

At Monday evening’s Herscher CUSD#2 board of education meeting, there was no public comment regarding the Budget for FY 2020-2021 and the revised e-learning plan. Both were approved later in the meeting.

Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police say they have a juvenile in custody in connection with a shooting that killed an Essex Township man on September 6. 

The old adage, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone”, rang true last weekend as Herscher’s Main Street, Big Stand, and stage stood empty. 

Prairieview Lutheran Homes is having a Drive-thru Fish Fry on Friday, September 11th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

The latest partially restored stove from the Keerbs/Herscher farm estate will make its “debut” at the Anderson House Annex on Labor Day Sunday, September 6.

In the Kankakee County Farm Bureau Foundation’s 16th year of offering educational scholarships, an all-time record eleven recipients have been named. To date, $105,500 in scholarships has been awarded to Kankakee County students who are furthering their agricultural education. Due to continu…

Service is a hallmark of the Illinois 4-H program. The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually honors longtime volunteers and former staff members for their selfless dedication to 4-H, the University of Illinois Extension youth development program.

Herscher’s Hare and Tortoise race for 2020, due to COVID-19, will be a virtual race. You may complete the race anywhere you choose. You must complete the race by September 30, 2020. You may report your time by either sending an email to or by posting it on the Kankakee Rive…

Herscher’s September 11 Squeals Showdown is yet another victim of  Covid-19’s season of cancellations. 

ComEd trucks were a welcomed sight when they arrived in Herscher last Wednesday morning.  Straight winds of up to 100 mph, called Derechos, blasted through the County West area on Monday afternoon creating downed trees and power lines. Complete power was not restored to the entire County Wes…

Starting in September, the Continuing Education Department at Kankakee Community College is offering a series of five free professional development lunch webinars.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today launched its new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) travel map to help inform residents of potential risks associated with traveling during the pandemic. The map indicates countries and U.S. states with increased risk of COVID-19 based on cas…

 Sheriff Mike Downey, and the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office, is warning the community in regards to scams being reported in our area.  We have received multiple reports from area residents complaining about voicemails where the caller claims that there has been a breach where the victims’…

The Kankakee county 4-H youth Livestock exhibitors were unable to show and sell their animals at the fair this year due to Covid-19.  However, on August 8, they were the recipients of an online donation “auction” run by by SC Online sales. 

Trinity Lutheran Church will house a Red Cross Blood Donation opportunity on Friday, August 28 from 8 AM to 2 PM.

The Kankakee County Beef Youth participated in the 2020 Youth Livestock Expo on August 1 at the Will county fairgrounds. It was open to all Kankakee youth. There were 15 exhibitors in the beef barn.

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for a special meeting on July 29, 2020, where the Board announced its intended plans for the 2020-21 school year. The plan has been sent to the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) for final approval.

Despite the fact that a plan for the 2020-2021 school year had already been presented, a change has been made to modify the educational options available to all students.

The Reddick Community Auxiliary donated a new sign to the town of Reddick. It was a project that started when the group was the Reddick Lioness and took a great deal of organizing. Josephine “Jo” Murphy came up with the motto “the little town between the curves” as this was how the town was …

Census takers will start knocking on residential door in Herscher starting July 30th for those who have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Census takers are hired from our own communities. 

The Donald L. Lockwood Water Treatment Plant is undergoing $300,000 worth of improvements. The bricks of the facade must be removed to make room for a garage door which will be vital in the removal and replacement of the iron filters.

Susan Kuntz, secretarial ‘Jack of all Trades’ at Herscher High School for 23 years, has retired.