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Sandburg Theatre Open House, Auditions for 'Clue' Sept. 8

Sandburg Theatre Open House, Auditions for ‘Clue’ Sept. 8

GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College’s theatre arts program will host a community open house and auditions for its fall musical, “Clue,” on Sept. 8 in the Fine Arts Theater (Room F118) on Sandburg’s Main Campus in Galesburg.


The open house will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the program, how to get involved and ways to support it.


Auditions for “Clue” will follow at 8 p.m. and are open to Sandburg students as well as community members. For those not interested in an on-stage role, assistance is also needed with set-building, props, makeup, hair and costume creation. Based on the classic mystery board game of the same name, “Clue” includes several alternate endings.


For more information about the open house or auditions for “Clue,” contact Sandburg theater instructor Robert Thompson at 309.341.5287 or




Carthage, IL – 8/29/2022 – Willow Grove Childcare & Learning Center is accepting
applications from the public for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years for full-time openings.
Willow Grove Childcare & Learning Center is owned and operated by Hancock County Senior
and Childcare Services in collaboration with Memorial Hospital, Carthage Veterinary Service,
and Professional Swine Management. The childcare center will be opening later this fall.
Hours for Willow Grove will be from 6:00 AM – 6:15 PM, Monday through Friday. Willow
Grove accepts West Central Illinois Childcare Subsidy.
Keylee Kohler, Executive Director, says, “We are very excited to bring this very needed service
to the region and to begin accepting applications for the center.”
Applications may be picked up and returned to Willow Grove Childcare and Learning Center at
641 Buchanan Street, Carthage, Illinois. For additional information, please call Keylee Kohler,
Executive Director, or Annissa Abston, Assistant Director, at 217-357-8550.

Carl Sandburg College Announces 2022 Summer Graduates

Carl Sandburg College Announces 2022 Summer Graduates

ALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College has announced the names of students who have completed graduation requirements and graduated from the College at the end of the 2022 summer session.




Abingdon — Malinda Knuth, Traeton McVey, Douglas Mecum

Bushnell — Danielle Hood

Carthage — McKenna Merritt

Downs — Anaiah Akwa

East Galesburg — Taylor Brewer

Galesburg — Destiny Allen, Mikayla Brockett, Allyson Cordle, Kyra Dunn, Kaden Johnson, Bradley Miller, Brianna Peterson, Alisha Stark

LaHarpe — Trenton Blythe

Lomax — Hayden Roberts

Monmouth — Kyrie Howe, Zebulon Stein, Avery Winking

Noranda, Australia — Kyle Neacy

Oak Creek, Wis. — Justis Gatson

South Pekin — Gabrielle Blanchard

Vermont — Cole Hopping



Abingdon — Brian Wingo

Cameron — Cassiday Tierney

Fort Madison, Iowa — Lyndsay Varner

Galesburg — Allyson Cordle, Veronica Denisar, Mary Powell, Brianna Purcell, Emma St George

Monmouth — John Izquierdo, James Taylor, Juan Vazquez

Peoria — Kara Caldwell

Roseville — Alexandria Wise



Carthage — Nathan Vehmeier

Downs — Anaiah Akwa

Galesburg — Clayton Condreay

Monmouth — James Taylor

Roseville — Alexandria Wise



Business Administration

Galesburg — Catherine Maurizi


Information Technology & Cyber Security

Monmouth — Glodie Kapesa, Sacre Kapesa


Mortuary Science

Galesburg — Tammy Truong

Smithfield — Kelsey Pribble

Table Grove — Alexa Vivona

Washington — Sabrena Ksycki



Cisco Network Security

Monmouth — Glodie Kapesa


Computer Numeric Control Operator

Abingdon — Trevor Baker

Wataga — Matthew Sell


Medical Assisting

Galesburg — Destiny Jones

LaFayette — Rosa Simaytis


Practical Nursing

Altona — April Montesinos

Dahinda — Amber Varner

Galesburg — Shabria Campbell, Hanna Dunton, Tristin Hanley, Rayna Jones, Brooke Montgomery

Maquon — Corey Morrison

Monmouth — Samantha Payne



Computer Numeric Control Programmer

Galesburg — Alec Byerly

Wataga — Matthew Sell

Memorial Hospital Welcomes New Program and Employees to the Senior Life Solutions' Evergreen Center

Carthage, IL – Wednesday, August 17, 2022 – Memorial Hospital Senior Life Solutions' Evergreen Center welcomes new team members. The Evergreen Center has provided behavioral health services to the region's older adults for over 16 years. The Evergreen Center is excited to continue serving the older adults in the area through its new program model.  


Memorial Hospital Senior Life Solutions' Evergreen Center is an intensive outpatient group therapy program designed to meet the unique needs of individuals typically 65 and older, experiencing depression or anxiety related to life changes often associated with aging. 


The program's new staff includes Program Director Valerie Brown, RN, who is responsible for directing and coordinating the activities of program staff to ensure quality patient care and providing community education to create awareness of the program. Valerie has 25 years of experience as an RN, 20 of which include working in geriatrics. 


Program Therapist Max Holmes, LSW, is responsible for providing therapeutic services for patients utilizing group, individual, and family therapy sessions. He focuses on quality patient care and the provision of services ordered by a physician.  


Ashley Haynes, Office Patient Coordinator, is responsible for providing quality administrative and clerical services for the program staff and assisting patients with care needs. Ashley has a background in mental health, billing, clerical, and administrative services.  


Medical Director, a board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Prema Sanne. Dr. Sanne has over 16 years of experience in the mental health field. Dr. Sanne leads the care team to ensure that all Memorial Hospital Senior Life Solutions' Evergreen Center patients receive quality care by evaluating the quality and appropriateness of diagnoses, services, and treatments for patients.


Anyone can refer a patient to the program, including a physician, family member, the patient, or another healthcare professional.   


For more information about Memorial Hospital's Senior Life Solutions' Evergreen Center program, call 217-357-6516 or visit  



Founded in 2003, Senior Life Solutions' Evergreen Center is managed by Psychiatric Medical Care (PMC), a leading behavioral healthcare management company. Focused on addressing the needs of rural and underserved communities, PMC manages inpatient behavioral health units, intensive outpatient programs, and telehealth services in more than 25 states. The company's services provide evaluation and treatment for patients suffering from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, memory problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other behavioral health problems. For more information, visit


Pictured: Memorial Hospital Senior Life Solutions' Evergreen Center: Ashley Haynes - Office Patient Coordinator, Max Holmes, LSW - Program Therapist, Valerie Brown RN, BSN – Program Director. 

Winners at Western Illinois Threshers

Winners at Western Illinois Threshers
The 55th annual Western Illinois Threshers show concluded Sunday, Aug. 7, with the
announcement of several prize winners.
The following major prizes were given away:
1942 Allis Chalmers B antique tractor – Tommy White;
Hand-made quilt – Lance Buckert, Chicago;
Baby quilt – Becky Metternich, Carthage;
Tractor afghan – Tori Buckert, Nauvoo;
Tractor print – Tori Buckert, Nauvoo;
Pedal tractor – Griffin Harnetiaux, Clarksville, Tenn.;
Allis Chalmers WD 45 – Charlie Drahas, Cedar Rapids, Iowa;
Additional tractor toys and items went to Kora Williams, Carthage; Ryan Link; Francine Ward,
Houghton, Iowa; Michelle McClure, Colchester; Kennedy Ortmann; Deb Hart, Augusta;
Fletcher Roskamp; Rosalie Clift, Kahoka, Mo.; Hudson Ward; Carson West, Ft. Madison,

Hancock County to begin the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Carthage, Il. Hancock County is in the process of updating the Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard
Mitigation Plan. According to Jack Curfman, Hancock County ESDA Coordinator, the current plan,
adopted in 2018, will be expiring in 2023. “The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
requires that each jurisdiction has an approved Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan to be eligible for several
funding streams, “. Curfman went on to say, “By beginning the process now, we will not have any lapse
in coverage.” The county has received a grant from FEMA, through the Illinois Emergency Management
Agency (IEMA) to hire University of Illinois Extension to work with the planning Committee to update
the plan.
The first of four planning meetings is scheduled for August 23, 2022, at 4pm. The meeting will be held at
the Hancock County Emergency Management Office at 1006 Wabash Ave., Carthage, Illinois. According
to University of Illinois Educator Carrie McKillip, there will be four planning meetings as well as
opportunities for the public to provide input to the plan. “As part of the planning process, the
committee will work to provide several opportunities for public input into the plan. Public meetings and
online opportunities will allow residents of all jurisdictions in the county to weigh in on the best way to
reduce the impact of natural disasters on the county.”
McKillip also indicated that each incorporated jurisdiction in the county will have the opportunity to
participate in the process and submit projects for the plan. Additionally, McKillip mentioned that other
public and nonprofit organizations are also encouraged to participate. She explained that schools,
hospitals, health departments and social service agencies can all submit mitigation projects to reduce
the impact of disasters. It is also important to keep in mind that many mitigation activities do not cost
anything! By having a family or office emergency plan you can reduce the risk to your family and co-
workers. McKillip also indicated that Illinois Extension has many educational programs that can assist
the community, organizations, and families in becoming more disaster resilient.
For more information regarding the Hancock County Hazard Mitigation Planning Process, contact Jack
Curfman at or Carrie McKillip at For information
regarding Illinois Extension Programs, contact the Hancock County Extension Office at (217)357-2150 or .

Illinois Extension program teaches rainscaping practices

Illinois Extension program teaches rainscaping practices


Macomb, IL August 1, 2022 Illinois Extension will be hosting a Rainscaping Workshop in Hancock County. During this series of classes, participants can learn landscape design and management practices that reduce pollution from runoff. This four-part workshop will take place on September 12, 14, 19, and 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at 130 Young Street, Nauvoo, IL in Building A.

University of Illinois Extension has partnered with Purdue Extension stormwater specialists in Indiana to bring this program to rural Illinois counties. “Landscapes with rainscaping capture stormwater more effectively, which prevents polluted runoff from homes and communities from reaching our local lakes, streams, and rivers.” said Kara Salazar, a sustainable communities Extension specialist with Purdue and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG). “The Purdue Rainscaping Education Program will teach participants how to promote community awareness and education for these important practices.”

Over the course of four training sessions, participants will learn how to site, design, construct, and maintain a rain garden. Workshops include flipped classroom instruction through online training modules, and hands-on activities.

Participants will also create a demonstration rain garden in a public space with community partners. A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who attend all sessions and the rain garden installation. 

To register for the program, visit or call the Illinois Extension Hancock County office at 217-357-2150 or online This program is FREE but registration is required for ordering of program materials. 

To learn more about the Rainscaping Education Program IISG sustainability programs, visit

Sources: Chris Enroth 

LaHood Statement on U.S. Strike that Killed Terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri

PEORIA – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on the U.S. drone strike that killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri:

"America is safer with al-Qaeda terrorist leader Ayman al-Zawahiri gone, and I applaud the members of our Intelligence Community who acted to take him out. For decades, al-Zawahiri worked alongside Osama bin Laden to carry out attacks on American citizens, including the 9/11 attacks. The work done to end al-Zawahiri’s terror reign is a testament to the United States’ resolve to pursue those who threaten our interests and our citizens at home and abroad. We are grateful to our U.S. Military and Intelligence Community personnel, and I will continue to support their work and resources on the House Intelligence Committee.

"Unfortunately, this mission also serves as a reminder that al-Qaeda is not gone from Afghanistan as President Biden claimed last year following his disastrous withdrawal. Rising threats from al-Qaeda and other terror organizations in the region must be confronted by the Administration in consultation with Congress to keep America safe."


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