There is Hope for our Children

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24 in the state of Illinois, according to Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Illinois Valley, Katie Jones. Nationally, it is the third leading cause…

Another year-end look at the news …

It was another wonderful Christmas. So much happening in the community and on television and radio. Special thanks to East Peoria for the splendid Festival of Lights including another spectacular parade and for returning the beautiful lighted wreath to the…

Health insurance isn’t health Care

A medical test was recommended. Insurance cards and forms were completed, and competent health professionals conducted the procedure. A follow-up exam was urged and completed. Good news. Time passed. (More than six months.) The first notice that hundreds of dollars…

Pew Races

As a girl I spent a lot of time in church. My dad had a key to the building and we often arrived early so he could check the sound system and set up mikes. During those seemingly endless hours,…

Jazz Train at the Radison

The Central Illinois Jazz Society, Serving Central Illinois Since 1978 presents Illinois Central Jazz Train at 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. and the CIJS House Band at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2008 at the Radisson Hotel in the Mozart Room,…

West Peoria getting a start on New Year

Troop 11 Boy Scouts had their annual Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner with a Court of Honor. All Scouts present were recognized with either a Merit Badge and/or Rank Advancement. The troop was asked again this year to set the luminaries for…

A ‘tail’ of a trip to the hospital

I am almost ashamed to admit that I’ve had another “incident.” On Sunday, December 9, I fell on the ice left by that terrific ice storm, which most people had enough sense not to go out in. But not yours…

Long After Cain Killed Abel

From most any angle, the good outweighed the bad way back when celluloid was our early form of plastics. Shucks! I can imagine it must have been a whole lot easier for parents to raise their ‘younguns’ back then. Inquisitive…

Beware fad, get-thin-quick diets

We have all been inundated with the “stuff:” candies, cookies, fruitcake, eggnog and all those holiday opportunities to enjoy those culinary delights. The problem lies in that January 1 rounds the corner and our clothing appears to have shrunk over…

Methodist Offers Community Health Screenings

The following are community health-screening opportunities from Methodist Medical Center during the month of January 2008. PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for men. Screening consists of a blood draw and…

Sparks can fly at Christmas Time

Anticipation over shopping and festivities sometimes over shadow more important, long-term issues pertaining to the holidays such as the safety of those you love. “There are several more reports on Christmas and Thanksgiving than any other day of the year,”…

New Passport Laws for All U.S. Citizens

Undoubtedly, you have heard rumblings about new passport laws. Passports are now needed for any kind of travel outside of the United States, even to Mexico and Canada. However, these laws seem to be coming in fast and are changing…

‘Tis the season to be jolly,’ and …

I’m smiling at the latest developments regarding the “Get Jeanette Mitzelfelt Campaign.” You’ll recall our local newspaper virtually ignored the efforts by election commissioners to keep Mrs. Mitzelfelt from collecting due unemployment compensation AFTER the two fired her. Mary Harkrader…