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Macomb Local News Archives for 2015-11

City Of Macomb Yard Waste Site Season End Closure

The City of Macomb's Yard Waste Site will be closing for the season on Sunday, December 6th, 2015. Waste Management will also be closing their 2015 yard waste pickup program at the end of the work day on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015. 


Emmet-Chalmers Firefighters Helping Santa Claus Collect Items For Area Families in Need

The Emmet - Chalmers Firefighters will be collecting items for families in need
on Saturday, December 5. Starting at 1:00pm, the firefighters will be chauffeuring Santa Claus on their fire trucks as he visits the Georgetown and Meadowbrook subdivisions.
Santa’s arrival will be announced by the sirens of the fire trucks. He will greet everyone and stop for photos. During Santa's travels, firefighters will be collecting non-perishable food items, new toys and clothing to be donated to families in need.
At about 4:00pm, Firefighters will take Santa to the Firehouse located at 3041 West Adams Road for anyone else that missed Santa. “This will be the third year we have done this. The response in previous years was tremendous. We collected a lot of food and everyone really enjoyed it,” says Fire Chief David Estes.
For more information and to keep track of Santa’s progress, check out the fire department’s web site (www.ecfpd.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/EmmetChalmersFire). The Emmet-Chalmers Fire Protection District is a volunteer department with 19 firefighters and 5 trucks. From the West Adams Road station, the department covers an area west of the City of Macomb. The department responds to fires, accidents, assists hospital paramedics, and provides mutual aid to other area fire departments. Additional information about the district may
be found on their web site at: www.ecfpd.org


Car Crash in Warren County

Last night at around 6:45pm there was a motor vehicle accident at US Route 34, east of CR 20th Street in Warren County. According to the Illinois State Police, two men were involved in the crash: Danny Leroy Scott of Kirksville Missouri, driving a truck tractor and semi trailer, and Christian E. Moran Flores of Cowpens South Carolina, driving a Toyota Tacoma. Flores was westbound, approaching CR 20th Street, when he crossed the center line of the road. Scott, who was eastbound, attempted to evade the car, but was struck head on. Both vehicles went into the nearby ditch. Both men were transported to OSF Holy Family in Monmouth; Flores with non-life threatening injuries and Scott with minor injuries. However, Scott later passed away from unkown medical complications. The crash is current under investigation, and Flores has been charged with improper lane usage. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 


Homelessness on the Rise in Illinois

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released the latest
national estimate of homelessness and the report found that homelessness in Illinois rose by .5 
percent in 2015. The finding also shows that homelessness among Veterans rose by 13.4 
percent between 2010 and January 2015.
Regional Media of Macomb contacted both the Samaritan Well in Macomb and McDonough 
County PADS, or Public Action to Deliver Shelter, to see whether or not that increase in 
homelessness has been seen here in McDonough County. 
The Samaritan Well provides shelter homes for homeless men, women and children in 
McDonough County. Director, Cynthia Stiffler, said that the women’s shelter is full with a 
waiting list and that the men’s shelter does currently have a vacancy. Samaritan Well provided 
2200 nights of shelter last fiscal year and took over 200 calls for service. 
Stiffler said that she can’t be sure that need has increased as they always seem to see a greater 
need during the holiday season. Stiffler cited the State budget impasse and cuts to social 
service programs as a reason more and more Illinoisans are facing homelessness. 
The McDonough County PADS program currently provides meals and one night of shelter per 
week to the needy in McDonough County. Their goal is to someday be able to shelter every 
night of the week. Director, Will Wetzel says that the PADS program has seen an upswing in the 
number of people seeking shelter in McDonough County. Wetzel says like most other programs 
numbers rise when the weather turns cold. He said in just the past week he has had 4 
individuals and 1 family seeking help in finding shelter. 
To help the Samaritan Well please visit their website at www.samaritanwellinc.org. There you 
will find a list of items they need donated or call 309-837-3357 to make a monetary donation or 
to see how else you can help. 
McDonough County PADS needs your help as well. They are accepting monetary donations so 
that they may give out hotel vouchers for those in need of shelter for the night. Find out more 
at www.genesis-garden.org/pads or call 309-326-3075. 
Wetzel also said the holidays are a good time to raise awareness about the homelessness issue 
in McDonough County. He said it can be helpful to have conversations with friends and family 
members reminding them that there were almost 30 people homeless in the county on 
Thanksgiving night alone.


Regional Media of Macomb Closed Thanksgiving Day

Regional Media of Macomb will be closed Thanksgiving Day and will have limited hours on Friday. 

President & CEO, Fletcher Ford, said he" wanted employees to enjoy the holiday with their families and didn't want the office to be open on Thanksgiving."  

Friday's office hours will be limited to 8am until noon. 

Regional Media of Macomb wishes all listeners, clients and everyone in the community a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.


Mr. Mattsey Announced as Teacher of the Month



The K100 and Pella Corporation Teacher of the Month for October is Mr. Doug Mattsey, Macomb High School director of bands and sixth grade band co-director. 

Mr. Mattsey has been rewarded for his hard work and dedication with prizes including $500 to use in his classroom courtesy of Pella Corporation, a plaque from Lacky Monuments and Engraving By Lin, and a certificate of recognition from K100. 


Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips

The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 14 based in Macomb, are urging driver safety this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.The Illinois State Police is urging the motoring public to drive safe and avoid the Fatal Four moving violations; Speeding, DUI, Seatbelts, and Distracted Driving, this holiday season.    

Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday marks the beginning of the busy holiday driving period.  Beginning on Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29, high traffic volumes are expected on roadways throughout the state.  As traffic volume increases, so does your chance of being involved in a traffic crash.  Avoiding the Fatal Four can help to decrease your chances of being involved in a serious traffic crash.    

 ISP troopers will be extra vigilant during the holiday travel period.  Officers will be conducting road side safety checks and participating in additional traffic enforcement details to identify the Fatal Four moving violations.  Officers will also be available to provide assistance to motorists who are experiencing mechanical issues on their way to and from their holiday celebration. 

“Troopers will be out in force, conducting additional enforcement details in the D-14 geographic region during the holiday” stated D-14 Commander, Lieutenant Glen Schwartz.  “Our goal is to save lives and keep the motoring public safe so everyone arrives alive at their holiday destinations,” he added. 

Along with avoiding the Fatal Four, the ISP would also like to remind motorist to “move over.”  The “move over” law requires motorists approaching an emergency vehicle stopped along the roadway to reduce their speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with due caution. 

The safety of everyone on Illinois roadways is important.  Please remember: Don’t Drink and Drive, Always Buckle Up, Limit Distractions, Slow Down, and
“move over!”  The Illinois State Police would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend.    


Red Cross Thanksgiving Safety Tips (Cooking)

The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year-one every eight minutes – and most are home fires. Last year, the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region responded to 936 home fires and assisted more than 1,150 families. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Red Cross encourages families to prevent kitchen fires by taking some basic safety measures:
·         Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the                   kitchen even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
·         Keep young children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.
·         Move items that can burn away from the stove such as dishtowels, bags and                     boxes.
·         Clean the stove and the area around it before turning on the heat.
·         Don’t leave food on the stove unattended.
·         Turn pot handles to the back of the stove to avoid spills.
If a pan catches fire, don’t move it. Slide a pan lid or cookie sheet on top of the pan to put out the fire. Turn off the heat. Keep the lid on the pan until it cools. Never try to stop a grease or oil fire with water – it will fuel the fire.
If something catches fire in the oven, keep the door closed. Call 9-1-1 so firefighters can make sure the fire didn’t spread to the walls. If a fire occurs in the microwave, keep the door closed and unplug the microwave if you can. Don’t use it again until a repairman checks it.
If the kitchen catches fire, make sure everyone gets out and call 9-1-1 when outside. Once outside, stay out. Never go back inside a burning building.
To find out more about safety measures, go to redcross.org/homefires


Jesse White named M.A.D.D.'s "2015 Legislative Champion"

The Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, has named Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White the 2015 Legislative Champion. The MADD President said that White was chosen for his leadership in the fight against drunk driving, and cited specifically his involvement in the BAIID, or "Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device" program. White said that he was honored to receive this recognition, before going on to applaud the efforts of MADD nationwide. The group has given Illinois a 5 star rating, and due to it's BAIID program, it's become a national leader in combating drunk driving. White expanded the BAIID program in 2009 to include first time offenders, and since then, drunk driving deaths in the state have dropped by 24%. 


Illinois State Police Release OREP Information

The Illinois State Police recently did a round of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols, and they've just released the information from their stops. In total, the ISP gave out 33 citations and 27 warnings on Sunday, November 15th, related to safety belt and child restraint issues. Most motorists know that safety belts save lives, but some ignore this warning and put themselves and their families at risk. These patrols are meant to reinforce road safety by targeting individuals who choose to ignore these laws. 


Macomb Eagles 30th Annual FREE Thanksgiving Dinner

Once again, the Macomb Fraternal Order of Eagles will provide a free Thanksgiving meal  to McDonough County and surrounding area residents on Thanksgiving day. The meal will be served from 11am to 2pm and will include turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie. 

The public is invited to dine in at the Eagles Club banquet room, 590-2 Deer Road in Macomb or The Eagles will be delivering to the elderly and shut-ins. Reservations are preferred for both dining in or for delivery. Call 309-833-5111 to make reservations or for more information.

Larry Lynn with the Eagles Club told Regional Media that the dinner could not be provided without the help of club members and the public who give generously to the cause. Lynn said last year the club cooked 30 turkeys but at this time the group only had about 26 turkeys. Monetary donations are still being accepted and other food items that are still needed, besides turkey, include: bacon, butter, ready-to-serve pumpkin pies, milk, onions, canned green beans and corn and cool whip. 

The Eagles Club also needs volunteers to help cook, serve and clean-up after the dinner. 

Call the Eagles Club at 309-833-5111 to help out. 




Santa Coming to Macomb


Regional Media of Macomb has just learned that Santa Claus will be arriving in Macomb on the northbound Carl Sandburg Amtrak train at 6:15pm on Friday, December 4th, and will disembark at the Macomb Train Station, 120 East Calhoun Street. The public is encouraged to come out and welcome Santa to town. After his arrival, Santa will travel by horse drawn trolley to his cabin on the Macomb Square where he will visit with children from 6:30 to 8pm.

The public is encouraged to park in the downtown area and walk to the train station that night as parking at the train station will be very limited during this time. The Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and Margaret Roberts Travel will serving up cookies and hot chocolate to those celebrating Santa’s arrival.

If you can not make it Friday night, Santa will be available in his cabin Saturday the 5th from 1 until 3 and at other times during the holiday shopping season. Call Downtown Development for more information at 309-575-3015 or find them on facebook at Downtown Macomb.


Macomb Interact Rotary Event Rescheduled

Macomb Interact Rotary Club's food drive at Hyvee today has been postponed due to inclement weather. A reschedule date will be announced soon.


Quidditch Tournament in Macomb Postponed Until 12:30

Rachel Lenz with the Macomb Park District has informed Regional Media of Macomb that the QuidditchTournament at Veterans Park today has been rescheduled to start at 12:30pm. 

Tomorrow's games are still scheduled for 8am to 4pm at Veterans Park in Macomb. 

Tonight's Quidditch after-party is still on at The Outskirts in Macomb as well with a Harry Potter themed menu, live music and more. 

For details on the tourney, visit: www.usquidditch.org. 


Power Outages in Macomb Affect Radio Stations

Power outages in Macomb have affected the Regional Media of Macomb group of radio stations. Regional staff is monitoring the power situation at the buidling at 1034 W. Jackson in Macomb and will have all 6 radio stations back on the air as soon as the power stays on. 

Regional Media of Macomb staff apologize for any inconvenience as the power company works to have the power back on at the building. 


Winter Weather Advisory Tonight for Area

According to the National Weather Service, for our listenng area:










WIU Resident Assistants To Host Thanksgiving Dinner

According to WIU News, the Resident Assistant Council (RAC) at Western Illinois University will hold its 14th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner tonight for those in need in the Macomb community. 

The dinner will be held at The Salvation Army, 505 N. Randolph Street. WIU students and residence life staff will prepare and distribute the food using their facilities. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m.

"We are excited to give back to the Macomb community in this capacity," said Drew Reyes, a member of the council. "RA Council does this dinner every year to provide a warm, hearty Thanksgiving meal for those who might not be able to have their own."
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Reyes at DM-Reyes@wiu.edu, or contact Major Otto at 309-837-4824.


Loaves & Fishes 8th Annual Holiday Expo Fundraiser Set For Saturday

Make plans to attend the 8th Annual Loaves & Fishes Holiday Expo Fundraiser this Saturday, November 21st. The event will take place at The Old Bailey House located at 100 S. Campbell St. in Macomb, from 3:00-6:00pm. Do some holiday shopping while helping others out at the same time. 
Free appetizers, explore and sample premiere home, health & beauty brands, exclusive gift albums that make gift giving easy. There's a silent auction and great deals on must have holiday gift sets. Such as: a trip to Las Vegas, an auto detailing package from Kunes Country Auto in Macomb, discounts on tax preperation services and more. 
All retail profits & proceeds from the silent auction will given to our local Loaves & Fishes food pantry. 


Counterfeit Bills Used In Macomb; Suspects Apprehended

Sgt. Lindsey May of the Macomb Police Department notified the Macomb Chamber of Commerce of the use of counterfeit $100 bills in the area. Bills with the serial number of LG4647291B were used yesterday at West Pierce Liquors (111 W Pierce St, Macomb) and Phillips 66 (1619 E Jackson St, Macomb).

The police department has recovered $700 as of this morning. Suspects have been apprehended and are currently being held in custody. 


Macomb Downtown Development Announces 21st Annual Dickens on the Square

The 21st annual Dickens on the Square will be December 4th and 5th in historic downtown Macomb. Complete with all of your favorites, including horse-drawn trolley rides, living windows, strolling carolers and Victorian characters, this year’s event will also feature a grand arrival of Santa Claus on Friday evening’s northbound Amtrak train. Brochures highlighting the weekend’s events are available at all of the downtown merchants, as well as the City of Macomb and Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce.
The City of Macomb’s new Downtown Development Director, Kristin Terry says “We have been working extra hard to ensure this year’s Dickens is as fabulous and grand as past year’s despite the shorter planning period.” Terry stressed the importance of working closely with McDonough District Hospital’s Festival of Trees committee as well as Laura Leezer of the Childrens Shopping Mall. 

Dickens on the Square 2015 is brought to you by the City of Macomb, Downtown Development, learn more on Facebook at Downtown Macomb or call 309-575-30-15. 



Upcoming Macomb Community and Senior's Day

Community & Senior’s Day is scheduled at Citizens Bank on Thursday December 3rd, from 8:30 to 10:30 am.  Services for the event are:  Cholesterol Test and Blood Pressure Screening by Heartland Health Care Inc., Blood Sugar Testing by The Elms, Hand Wax Therapy by Wesley Village and Pulse Oximetry by Western Illinois Home Health Care.  All services are open to the public and free of charge. 

Displays for December are:  American Red Cross, Alternatives For You, Everly House, Jefferson House, McDonough County Health Department, McDonough District Hospital Senior Behavioral Health Unit, Tri States Audio Information Services, Western Illinois Museum and YMCA Senior Center. 

If you would like more information regarding Citizens’ monthly Community Day please call (309) 833-4551. 


Macomb Business Celebrates New Location

The Ambassador Committee of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting yesterday to celebrate the opening of the new location of The Cellular Connection, 505 W. Jackson Street, Macomb. The Cellular Connection is a retail telecommunications company offering cell phones, wireless plans, accessories and more. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


10th Annual McDonough District Hospital "Festival of Trees"

You're invited to attend to the 10th Annual McDonough District Hospital Festival of Trees. The event will be held at the West Central Illinois Arts Center at 25 E.Side Square in Macomb as follows: 
Friday, December 4th: 4-8pm
Saturday, December 5th: 9am-5pm
Sunday, December 6th: Noon-5pm
Monday, December 7th: 9am-4pm 
The MDH Festival of Trees will feature exquisite holiday trees, decor, upside-down trees, the "I-Spy" game,  a $200 cash raffle, compliments of Steve Silberer/Centry 21 and more! Proceeds will benefit the Deloris Kator Switzer Women's Center Project at McDonough District Hospital. 
The event is open to the community for a $3 admission fee (Children 10 & under are free).  For more information, call (309)836-1757 or visit www.mdh.org.


Macomb Eagles Club To Host 30th Annual FREE Thanksgiving Dinner

The Macomb Fraternal Order of Eagles will be hosting their FREE, 30th annual Thanksgiving Dinner to McDonough County & surrounding area residents on Thursday, November 26th, 2015. 
The meal will be served from 11am-1pm, in the banquet room of the Macomb Eagles Club, located at 590-2 Deer Rd. in Macomb, near the Illinois State Drivers License Facility. The Eagles will again deliver meals within the Macomb city limits and reservations can be made by calling (309)833-5111. Walk-ins are welcome! 
The annual Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, dressing, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie. Coffee, tea & soda will be provided. 
The dinner is made possible and funded by contributions from local members, businesses, organizations & personal donations, consisting of monetary and food. Suggested items to be donated include: turkeys, bacon, butter, ready-to-serve pumpkin pies, milk, onions, canned green beans & corn, cool whip and monetary donations. Volunteers to help prep, serve and deliver the meal are also needed. 


WNLF Transmitter Issues

WNLF, 95.9FM (Backroad Country 95.9) is currently experiencing transmitter issues, and is undergoing engineering upgrades. The signal may be inconsistent, and intermittent outages may occur on the 95.9 FM frequency throughout this process. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, and work is expected to be completed sometime tomorrow. 


States Cannot Directly Refuse Syrian Refugees

Governor Rauner announced on Monday that the state of Illinois will no longer be accepting refugees from the Syrian crisis as the state takes time to "Consider all of our legal options pending a full review of our countries acceptance and security processes by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security." At the time of his announcement, more than a handful of Governors around the country had issued similar statements following the terrorist attacks in France, and at this point more than 25 states have committed to barring Syrian refugees. Though many states are taking a stand on this issue, the power to limit and control immigration rests solely with the federal government. The Supreme Court has even issued rulings on similar issues, in Hines V. Davidowitz, stating that state governments cannot override federal authority in matters of immigration. Additionally, because of the Refugee Act of 1980, the president is permitted to admit any and all refugees who face persecution, especially in times of crisis, the likes of which is happening in Syria. Though states do have authority to deny resources to the federal government, making resettlement of refugees more costly and difficult, they are barred by Congressional law from directly instituting polices wherein the state refuses to accept refugees. 


ISP Cracking Down on Impaired Driving

Lieutenant Glen Shwartz of the Illinois State Police, District 14, has announced that there will be Nighttime Enforcement Patrols in Henderson County, and Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement Patrols in both Henderson and Fulton counties for the month of November. Both of these programs are targeted specifically on the prevention and detection of impaired driving. In the United States, there is an average of one alcohol-related traffic death every 51 minutes, and impairment from drugs or alcohol is a factor in nearly forty percent of all traffic deaths in Illinois. Though these programs are set to last throughout the month, the Illinois State Police will continue to heavily monitor and crack down on impaired driving. 


McDonough County Flood Warning in Effect Through Friday Morning

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the LaMoine River at Colmar until Friday morning. The river is rising quickly and moderate flooding is expected by Wednesday with waters expected to receed by Friday morning. 

For further information stay tuned to your favorite Regional Media station or visit, www.noaa.gov. 


Midwest Regional Quidditch Championships Come to Macomb!

On Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 21st and 22nd), Macomb will host the Midwest Regional Quidditch Championships for 2015. More than 15 teams will come to compete at Veteran's Park in this intense sport derived from the Harry Potter books and movies. Though no actual flying is involved, the rules of the game remain intact and this organization has been steadily growing in numbers since its beginning in the early 2000s. There will be an opening ceremony at 7:20 on Saturday, and amidst the games, kids will have a chance to learn the fundamentals on both days. You can find all of the information at





Rauner Refuses Syrian Refugees

Governor Bruce Rauner followed suit with several other Republican Governors in the state to deny access to Syrian Refugees. After announcements by Texas, Indiana, Alabama, and several other states, Governor Rauner made the following statement on Monday:
“Our nation and our state have a shared history of providing safe haven for those displaced by conflict, but the news surrounding the Paris terror attacks reminds us of the all-too-real security threats facing America. We must find a way to balance our tradition as a state welcoming of refugees while ensuring the safety and security of our citizens. Therefore, the state of Illinois will temporarily suspend accepting new Syrian refugees and consider all of our legal options pending a full review of our country’s acceptance and security processes by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”
As of the last official count, there had been 94 Syrian refugees moved to Illinois, most of which went to Chicago. Though Rauner says that this ban is temporary, there is no announced timeframe for the measure. 


Fatal Car Crash in Warren County

At around 9am on Friday morning, the Illinois State Police responded to an accident report at Warren County Road 255thAve, ¼ mile west of 180th St. The single car accident is thought to have happened late on Thursday evening, or very early Friday morning. Sally J Christianson, an 18 year old from Wataga, IL, lost control of her car, veered off the gravel road, and rolled. She was ejected from her car and killed in the accident. She was not wearing her seatbelt, and there were no passengers. 


Macomb Rotary Food Drive

Many times a year the food banks in Macomb find themselves with empty to nearly empty shelves. The need in Macomb is greater than ever when it comes to helping local families keep food on the table.
The Macomb Interact Rotary club will be holding a canned food drive on Saturday, November 21st from 1 to 5pm, help our local food banks. The drive will be held at Hyvee on E. Jackson Street in Macomb. 
All non-perishable food donations and monetary donations will be kept here in the county to help feed the hungry.
Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. 
To learn more about Rotary club, visit www.macombrotary.com.


Humane Society & Bushnell Veterinary Service Sponsoring A Microchip Clinic

The Humane Society of McDonough County and Bushnell Veterinary Service will be sponsoring a microchip clinic for cats on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 8-9:45 a.m. at the Junctions for Routes 9 and 41 in Bushnell. Cats will have a microchip implanted and information will be entered into a registry. Less than 2% of cats without microchips are returned home. The cost is $15 for one cat and $12 each for additional cats. Contact the Humane Society of McDonough County at 309-837-5611 or Bushnell Veterinary Service at 309-772-2411 for more information.


Project Santa Needs Your Help

Last year, 445 children had gifts to unwrap for Christmas thanks to the Project Santa Program. This year the WIRC-Community Action Agency administered program hopes to help as many or more kids, but they need the community's help to do so. Project Santa needs the public to sponsor a child through its Sponsorship Program, volunteer time to wrap gifts or to make a monetary donation. 

Project Santa has been relying on the community's support in assiting children during the holidays for over 30 years and serves Macomb and the rest of McDonough County, Hancock, Henderson, and Warren Counties. 

For more information or to volunteer to help or sponsor a child, pelase call Project Santa Coordinator Teresa Cadle at 309-837-2997. 


WIU Performing Arts Society Will Hold Gala & Silent Auction On Saturday

The annual Performing Arts Society (PAS) Gala and Silent Auction, with a "Gala Rouge" theme, will be held from 5:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. The event, which raises money to provide free year-round arts programming for more than 6,000 area school children, will be held in the University Union Grand Ballroom.


This year's gala is sponsored by MidAmerica National Bank. The gala will feature unlimited food stations, dancing and a silent auction and tables of eight, nine or 10 are available. Food stations include Spectacular-Spectacular Steak, Whiskey Barrel Chicken, a choose your own pasta bar and a dessert bar. Reservations, for $75 per person, are now being accepted and are open to the public. To make a reservation, call (309) 298-1618, or for more information, visit wiu.edu/pas.


The gala's proceeds support the PAS Youth Performing Arts Series (YPAS), which, since 1984, has has brought more than 180,000 children to WIU to see live performances For more information about PAS, visit wiu.edu/pas.


Macomb Altrusa Club To Host 50th Annual Holiday Bazaar

The 50th Annual Macomb Altrusa Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 14th. The annual fundraising event will take place at Macomb High School from 9am-3pm and feature over 150 vendors set up in the Commons, hallways & gymnasium. Lots of amazing crafts and holiday gifts!


Admission is FREE and the Altrusa Club will be hosting breafast and lunch as well as FREE cake at 1:30pm. All proceeds from food sales will benefit the Altrusa Club's literacy programs and scholarships. For more information, email altrusa@macomb.com or visit Macomb Altrusa on Facebook. 


SCHOOL CLOSING - West Prairie School District

West Prairie School District will be closing all of its schools TODAY (11/12/15) due to a weather-induced power outage in Good Hope. 


Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Hancock Co.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning is now in effect for Hancock County until 5:45pm. High winds, tree damage and damage to mobile homes is expected. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A BUILDING.


Tornado Watch for Macomb and surrounding areas

A Tornado watch is in effect until 9pm for Macomb all of McDonough County and the following nearby counties:

Hancock, Knox, Warren, Henderson, Schuyler, Fulton and Adams. 

A watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes.



Wesley Village Home Health Offering Traveling Flu Shot Clinic

Wesley Village's Home Health will be offering their "Traveling Flu Shot Clinic" coming up on Thursday, November 19th!

Elderly, disabled or if you have trouble getting out to get your flu shot, Wesley Home Health will come to you. Call today to make your appointment at (309)833-2613.


Macomb Park District To Host "Date Night In The Ceramics Studio"

Macomb Park District and Ceramics Studio Coordinator Natalie Shelly will host a "Date Night in the Studio" event this Saturday, November 14th. This fun, social activity will take place from 6-8pm at the ceramics studio located at the Park District's main office location on N. Randolph. 


Couples & singles are invited to attend and create fun and simple projects that you will continue to cherish. No skills are necessary but please make sure you wear clothing that you won't mind getting a little "messy." 


Cost is $30 for Macomb residents, and $38 for non-Macomb residents. The cost covers all the materials: clay, tools, glaze, firings and wine samples provided by the Wine Sellers. For more details, email ceramics@macombparks.com, call (309)8334562 or stop by and register in person. And for more on the park districts upcoming events, visit www.macombparkdistrict.com. 


Cities Across the Country Strike for a Living Wage

Yesterday, workers went on a one-day strike in about 270 cities across the country to get presedential candidates to listen to their demands for a $15 an hour minimum wage, and the right to organize without retalition. Chicago was a major city affected by this, and many fast-food workers went on strike to have their voices heard. 
Earlier in the year, the National Employment Law Project reported that about 42 percent of American workers make less than fifteen dollars an hour, and supporters of an increased minimum wage are reaching out to presedential candidates. Some business groups, including the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, don't like the idea of a minimum wage hike. The Association's President, Rob Karr, says that a state wage increase would simply be too expensive for some employers, and would force them to cut jobs. 


Secretary of State Offices to Close for Veteran's Day

The Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, announced that all Secretary of State and Driver Services facilities in Illinois will be closed tomorrow (November 11th), in recognition of Veteran's Day. Local offices affected includes those in Macomb, Monmouth, Canton, Carthage, Galesburg, Beardstown, and Havana. All offices will reopen with regular business hours on Thursday November 12th. To find your nearest facility, and to see their hours, visit Cyber Drive Illinois dot com. 


Hy-Vee To Host Veteran's Day Breakfast

Macomb Hyvee will once again be offering a free Veterans Day breakfast this year. All veterans and active military members are invited to come out and enjoy a free breakfast this Wednesday from 6am  to  11am.  All 240 Hyvee stores participate in the Veterans Breakfast to recognize and thank veterans and those currently serving. Hy-Vee expects to serve more than 80,000 veterans, military members and their guests at 240 stores across its eight-state region this year. The Veterans Day breakfasts are part of the Hy-Vee Homefront initiative, which is comprised of several company efforts, including the “Hy-Vee Round Up for the Homefront” program, Honor Flights and veterans and military member employee recruitment. Now through Nov. 15, Hy-Vee customers can help support veterans by rounding up their purchases to the next dollar — or a desired dollar amount — at the checkout. Hy-Vee will match customer donations, up to $100,000. All proceeds from Hy-Vee’s Round Up program go to benefiting three organizations that support veterans and their families. For more information on the Hy-Vee Homefront initiative, visit www.hy-vee.com/homefront.


Macomb Boy Scouts Troop 315 to Host Chili Supper

Macomb Boy Scout Troup 315 will host their 21st Annual Chili Supper tonight (Tues, 11/10) from 4:30-7pm at Wesley United Methodist Church - Fellowship Hall, located at 1212 W.Calhoun St. in Macomb.
Delicious home-made chili, sandwiches and dessert is on the menu. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for those aged 12 and under and Family Tickets are available for $15.
This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Troop 315 and all proceeds will be used to fund the Boy Scouts trips, activities and programs. For more on the the Macomb Boys Scouts visit www.troop315.us


Rep. Darin LaHood to Meet with Macomb Chamber of Commerce

Representative Darin LaHood will be in Macomb tomorrow (November 10th) to meet with the Macomb Chamber of Commerce. The breakfast reception will take place at City Hall from 9:30-10:30, and LaHood will meet with 25 to 30 people from local businesses that make up the Chamber of Commerce. Representative LaHood will be taking questions at the end of the meeting.


Macomb & Western Illinois University Communities "Gearing Up" For Veteran's Day

VFW Veterans Day Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. at the Macomb VFW, 1200 E. Jefferson St., Macomb. Free soup and sandwiches will be served by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. The event is open free to the public. A 21-gun salute will begin at 11 a.m., and flags will be displayed in Chandler Park.  

- Veterans and Service Members Tribute Ceremony, 11 a.m. at the Sherman Hall flagpole. The event will feature WIU President Jack Thomas, WIU's Army ROTC Color Guard; WIU Veterans Club President Bryant Fehrmann; WIU Trustee Michael Quigley; Zachary Palmer, a sophomore applied music major from Washington, IL; Vice President for Student Services Gary Biller and School of Music Professor Bruce Briney. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Sherman Hall third floor auditorium. 

- America's White Table Display � 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. � Knoblauch Café, 239 Knoblauch Hall. Lunch will be served for $7 per person, or $3.50 for veterans and service members. The menu includes oven-fried chicken or a stuffed pepper, roasted red potatoes, green beans almandine, pecan tassies with whipped cream. Reservations can be made by calling (309) 298-1085. A symbol for remembrance of fallen, missing and captive service members will be displayed. 

- "The Art of Living with Eyes Wide Open" � 12:10 p.m., University Union Sandburg Theatre. University Counseling Center Director Jim DiTulio will deliver the fifth annual Jackie Thompson Lecture. The event is open free to the public. 

- Veterans and service members discount � Veterans and service members will receive a 20 percent discount on all clothing and gift items at the University Bookstore between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with military identification. 

- American Legion Post 6 Veterans Day Dinner: Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and is free for paid members of the Macomb American Legion, located at 221 E. Washington St. There will also be a free program. 


Military Appreciation Week Continues at Western Illinois University

A screening for the documentary "Letters Home to Hero Street" will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 in the University Union Sandburg Theatre as part of Military Appreciation Week at Western Illinois University. 

The 25-minute film highlights the life of Mexican-American soldier Frank Sandoval. The film outlines the story of the World War II veteran through the letters he sent home to his family in Silvis, IL. Sandoval was one of eight veterans of WWII and the Korean War killed in combat from the same block-and-a-half neighborhood, now called "Hero Street, USA." Sandoval was just starting his new job at the Rock Island Arsenal in 1942, when he was drafted. During his two years of service, Sandoval sent hundreds of letters to family and friends. 

The documentary highlights 130 letters that remain to tell his story as he traveled from Illinois to India. Sandoval was killed on the bank of the Irrawaddy River in Burma in June 1944. The film was the winner of the Documentary and Audience Award in the 2015 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. After the film is screened, a panel discussion with the cast and co-producers will be held. 

The event is open free to the public and is sponsored by the WIU Council on Student Activity Funds, the WIU departments of Broadcasting, English, History and Political Science, the WIU Foundation and Development Office and the Veterans Resource Center.

For more information about the film, visit herostreetmovie.com or call the WIU Veterans Resource Center at (309) 298-3505 or visit wiu.edu/veterans.


Open Range Day in Macomb

The Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will host the annual Open Range Program at six locations including Macomb. Hunters and observers can visit ISP Ranges on November 14, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The other participating locations are Effingham, Joliet, LaSalle, Pawnee, and Pittsfield.

The Open Range Program is offered in an effort to promote hunting safety by giving hunters access to ISP ranges for the purpose of sighting in their shotguns. This will provide an opportunity for shotguns to be checked in a controlled environment, with firearms experts present ensuring the safe and appropriate use of the shotgun.

Targets will be provided, and there is no charge for use of the range.  Participants must possess a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card, provide their own ammunition and transport the firearm legally by having it unloaded and enclosed in a case. 

The Open Range Program is not part of the Concealed Carry License program.  Handguns will not be permitted at the ISP Ranges. 


Illinois State Police to Conduct Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 14 Commander, Lieutenant Glen Schwartz, announced that District 14 Troopers will conduct Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) in Macomb and throughout McDonough County during the month of November.

OREP allows the ISP to target an area with saturation patrols that focus on traffic violations and related compliance with safety belt and child safety seat laws.  Safety belt enforcement zones will also be set up to ensure the driver and passengers are buckled up.  Illinois law requires all vehicle passengers (front and back) to be buckled up! 

Safety belts are one of the most effective safety devices in vehicles today, estimated to save over 12,000 lives each year.  Over half of vehicle occupants killed in a traffic crash were not properly buckled up.  The objective of this program is to increase compliance of occupant restraint laws through education, child seat inspections, and enforcement.  Greater awareness, acceptance, and use of occupant protection equipment will save many lives.  This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Safety.  


K100 broadcasting from Niemann's County Market Saturday

Join K100 on location tomorrow (11/7) from 1-2 pm at Niemann’s County Market at 101 South Dudley in Macomb. We’ll be celebrating fall and fall foods! From 10am to 4pm that day, come in and enjoy the flavors of the season with tastings of what's new for the season and old favorites for your holiday food celebrations.  From the Sweet Shoppe natural juice pies with real fruit, to specialty cheeses like chocolate cheese, brie, extra creamy blue cheese and flavored cheddar, to all natural shrimp in whites, reds, pinks and browns. Plus, join Niemann’s County Market for a red hot 48 hour sale today & tomorrow! For more, check out http://www.mycountymarket.com/


McDonough County Public Transportation Committee Meeting Announced

The next regular meeting of the McDonough County Public Transportation Committee is scheduled for Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM at the Macomb Transit Center, 701 East Pierce Street, Macomb, Illinois. The following agenda items will be discussed:


I. Call to order

II. Review of October 9, 2015 meeting notes

III. Go West and Bridgeway provider reports

IV. Review of monthly ridership report

V. Review of FY16 first quarter financial report

VI. Other business: a. Discussion on FY16 operating and Capital project funding

b. Other

VII. Public comment

VIII. Executive Session


To consider information relative to:

a) Appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of an employee of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, pursuant to Sec. 2(c) (1) of the Open Meetings Act.

b) Collective Bargaining matters between the public body and its employees or

representatives or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more

classes of employees, pursuant to Sec. 2(c) (2) of the Open Meetings Act.

c) The purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body, pursuant to Sec. 2(c) (5) of the Open Meetings Act.

d) The setting of a price for sale or lease of property owned by the public body, pursuant to Sec. 2(c) (6) of the Open Meetings Act.

e) Pending or probable litigation, pursuant to Sec. 2(c) (11) of the Open Meetings Act

IX. Adjournment


Committee members are asked to notify by email mcpt@837ride.com or by calling 837-7433 by 3:00 PM on November 12, 2015 if they are unable to attend the meeting. Representatives of the provider agencies must be present at the meeting.



WIU's OPS Recovers Stolen Goods; Arrests Made

According to Western Illinois University the University’s Office of Public Safety (OPS) has recovered cellular phones and other items that were stolen from a Joliet West school bus on campus Saturday, Oct. 24.


According to OPS Lt. Tom Clark, the department conducted an investigation based on leads regarding individuals who were observed exiting a school bus parked near Hanson Field on Oct. 24. Reports were filed that evening regarding the thefts of numerous items from the bus, including cell phones, wallets and cash (the original report can be found at tinyurl.com/qhfzael).


On Wednesday, Nov. 4, detectives from OPS and the McDonough County Sheriff's office executed a search and arrest warrant at a Calumet City, IL, residence, where they arrested non-student Kareem M. Spann, 21, of Calumet City, for burglary, and recovered stolen property. Spann was extradited to Macomb, where he was lodged in the McDonough County Jail pending bond.


On Monday, Nov. 2 at 3:58 p.m. Daija L. Lee, 18, of 405 Bayliss Hall, was arrested in Mowbray Hall for burglary in connection with the incident. She was transported to the McDonough County Jail where she was lodged pending bond (see report from Nov. 4 at tinyurl.com/ok2bmse).


"These arrests were the result of diligent police work and a combined effort of several law enforcement agencies," OPS Director Scott Harris said. "The officers are to be commended for their work in solving this crime so that the stolen property could be returned to its rightful owners. I would also like to thank the McDonough County Sheriff's Department, the McDonough County State Attorney's Office and the Calumet City Police Department for their assistance and cooperation."


Information about crimes can be reported to the Office of Public Safety at (309) 298-1949 or to the Macomb Area Crime Stoppers at (309) 836-3222. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyIDh6 or by texting CRIMESTOP and the tip to CRIMES (274637).


Macomb High School Presents Production of "The Lost Boy" by Ronald Gabriel Paolillo

Macomb High School will presents their production of "The Lost Boy" by Ronald Gabriel Paolillo, based on a true story of the creation of Peter Pan. Tickets will be sold at the door in Fellheimer Auditorium on the campus of Macomb High School. 
Showtimes are this Friday (November 6th) at 7pm and this Saturday (November 7th) at 2pm & 7pm. Tickets are $5 for children, students and senior citizens and $7 for adults. 


Holiday Extravaganza This Saturday at the Blandinsville Fire House

The annual Holiday Extravaganza is scheduled for Saturday, November 7, at the Blandinsvlle Fire House at 110 East Jefferson Street in Blandinsville from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. West Prairie FFA will be serving lunch and a variety of independent consultants/vendors will have product displays.


Mary Kay Cosmetics, crafts, Key Collective, Young Living Essentials, ornaments, pins, baby items and scrapbooks, Jamberry nails, Country Captions, 2 Friends Treasures, and a Thirty-One consultant will be for sale. For more information, call Rhonda at 652-3636.


Western Illinois University & Sodexo Holding 8th Annual "Helping Hands/Stuff the Bus" Drive

Western Illinois University will have their 8th annual "Helping Hands Across America Stuff the Bus" event, co-sponsored by Sodexo Dining Services and Go West Transit, on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015.


There will be donation boxes all over WIU's campus, and at Walmart, HyVee, County Market, and Jackson Street Market in Macomb. Donations of food and money are greatly apprecited and will benefit local food pantries. They've been putting on this event since 2008, and in that time they've collected upwards of 100,000 pounds of food for charities. If you're looking to help out further, the event is in great need of volunteers.


You can find more information, and offer your services by contacting Anna Filson at 309-298-1982.


The Navy Band Has Set Sail for Macomb; Will Arrive Thursday

The United States Navy Band from Washington D.C. is coming to Macomb! Come hear the fabulous Navy Commodores this Thursday, November 5th at 7:30pm. The peformance will take place at Macomb High School's Fellheimer Auditorium, at 1525 S.Johnson St. Admission is free and tickets are available at the Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau or the WIU Hainline Box Office. For more information, please visit www.navyband.navy.mil.


Citizen's Bank to Host Community & Seniors Day; MVRBC Blood Drive

Community & Senior’s Day is scheduled at Citizens Bank this Thursday November 5th, from 8:30 – 10:30 am. Services for the event are: Blood Sugar Testing by The Elms, Blood Pressure Screening by Heartland Health Care Inc., Hand Wax Therapy by Wesley Village and Pulse Oximetry by Western Illinois Home Health Care. Services are free of charge.


Macomb Kiwanis and Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will sponsor a blood drive during Citizens Community day. Please contact Kiwanis member Casey Grant to sign up. (309)837-0644.


Displays for November are: American Red Cross, Alternatives For You, Everly House, Jefferson House, McDonough County Health Department, McDonough District Hospital Senior Behavioral Health Unit, Tri States Audio Information Services, and Western Illinois Museum. All services are open to the public. If you would like more information regarding Citizens’ monthly Community Day please call (309) 833-4551.


Classic 103 WJEQ Macomb Undergoes Improvements

Regional Media and Classic 103 are working to repair and upgrade a piece of equipment that is essential to the sound quality of Classic 103. The needed improvements are long overdue and Regional Media's engineering team hope to have the station returned to full power by late Tuesday morning. For more information, please stay tuned to your other Regional Media stations or here at macombnewsnow.com.


Classic 103 WJEQ Macomb Undergoes Improvements

Regional Media and Classic 103 are working to repair and upgrade a piece of equipment that is essential to the sound quality of Classic 103. The needed improvements are long overdue and Regional Media's engineering team hope to have the station returned to full power by late Tuesday morning. For more information, please stay tuned to your other Regional Media stations or here at macombnewsnow.com.


WIU's International Honor Society (Phi Beta Delta) Cancels Trivia Night Fundraiser

The WIU Chapter of the International Honor Society Phi Beta Delta, scheduled an international trivia night for this Saturday, November 7th, 2015. The fundraising event has been cancelled due to low registration numbers. Members of Phi Beta Delta are planning a trivia night fundraiser for the spring semester with a date and location to be determined. For more information on the WIU Chapter of the International Honor Society, call (309)298-2501, visit wiu.edu or stop by Memorial Hall Room 347.


Macomb AARP Driver Safety Course November 24

McDonough District Hospital and Dr. Jill Brody are co-sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Course on Tuesday, November 24, from 8 AM to 5 PM. This 8-hour program will be held in Health Services Building I Auditorium (lower level), 505 East Grant Street, Macomb.

Presented in a classroom setting by Ken Cole of Macomb, the Driver Safety Course consists of instructor guidance, a video and discussion of driving concerns. You will also learn tips on how to avoid driving hazards. There is no driving involved and no tests are given.

Illinois state law requires that all insurance companies give an auto insurance discount to all drivers age 50 and older who complete this accident prevention course. Please contact your auto insurance agent regarding the amount of your discount.

The course is $15 for AARP members with a valid card, and $20 for nonmembers, payable to AARP the day of the course. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Register today by calling the MDH Public Relations office at (309) 836-1557 or emailing jlbyers@mdh.org.


McDonough District Hospital Offering Several Community Events

McDonough District Hospital will over a LIFE Course today (Monday, 11/2/15) from 1-2pm at the Spoon River College Community Outreach Center at 2500 E.Jackson in Macomb. Tamara Smith, MD will be the guest speaker on the variety of services MDH has to offer. Cost is $5 and pre-registration is recommended. For more on the LIFE course, visit www.wiu.edu/life. 
McDonough District Hospital will host their Bereavement Support Group "New Horizons" on two Monday's in November (11/2 & 11/16). The group will meet from 3-4:30pm in the Medical Arts Building Conference Room. This open discussion support groupl is for adults who have experienced the loss of a family member or significant other. For additional information, please call the MDH Hospice at (309)836-1543 or visit mdh.org 
MDH Behavior Health Services will also offer a five-session parenting class starting with the first session tonight (Monday, 11/2/15). Attendance is required at all five sessons and will be offered for parents looking to improve their children's behavior and gain control at home. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the MDH Behavioral Health Services Department at (309)836-1582. 
McDonough District Hospital will also host a Breast Cancer Support Group tonight (Monday, 11/2/15) in Auditorium B at the hospital from 5:30-6:30pm. 


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