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Sandburg Hosting College Fairs Oct. 4 in Hamilton, Oct. 5 in Galesburg

Sandburg Hosting College Fairs Oct. 4 in Hamilton, Oct. 5 in Galesburg

Representatives from more than two dozen colleges and universities will be on hand for Carl Sandburg College’s upcoming college fairs in Galesburg and Hamilton.


The Hamilton college fair will be from 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at Hamilton Junior High School. The college fair in Galesburg will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 5 in John Lewis Gymnasium on Sandburg’s Galesburg campus.


Both events are designed for those who are interested in attending college but have not decided on a school. Representatives from each institution in attendance will be available to answer questions about academic programs, requirements for admission, campus life, financial aid, scholarships and other information. Many will be accepting on-site admissions, so attendees are encouraged to bring a copy of their transcripts.



Representatives from the following institutions and organizations are scheduled to attend the fairs (subject to change):


·            Blackburn College (Galesburg only)

·            Black Hawk College (Galesburg only)

·            Carl Sandburg College

·            Conagra (Hamilton only)

·            Culver-Stockton College

·            Eureka College (Galesburg only)

·            Graham Hospital School of Nursing (Hamilton only)

·            Grand Canyon University (Galesburg only)

·            Greenville University

·            Illinois Student Assistance Commission (Galesburg only)

·            Illinois Wesleyan University (Galesburg only)

·            John Wood Community College (Hamilton only)

·            Knox College (Galesburg only)

·            Millikin University (Galesburg only)

·            Missouri State University (Galesburg only)

·            Monmouth College (Galesburg only)

·            Quincy University

·            Southeastern Community College

·            Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Galesburg only)

·            Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

·            Spoon River College

·            St. Ambrose University (Galesburg only)

·            University of Illinois Springfield

·            University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Galesburg only)

·            Western Illinois University

·            Western Illinois University ROTC


For questions or more information about Sandburg’s college fairs, contact Megan Jones, coordinator of transfer and dual credit, at 309.341.5229 or


West Hancock Volleyball vs Rushville September 28th 2023

 West Hancock Volleyball vs Rushville    September 28th 2023

West Hancock   Drops to Rushville      22-25, 25-20, 24-26


Jadyn Climer 9

Bre Peterson 8

Jordyn Climer 5

Mehra  Morrison 3

Kennedy Harl 2



Bre Peterson 6

Kennedy Harl 2

Jadyn Climer 1


Abbie Morrison 3

Jadyn Clomer 1


Illini West vs. South Fulton Volleyball Scores and Stats September 29th 2023

Illini West vs. South Fulton Volleyball Scores and Stats September 29th 2023


Illini West defeats South Fulton on the road in 2: 25-5, 25-10


Leading stats for IW:



Josie Bryan with 13, Madalyn Boyer with 7, Reagan Reed with 6


Corin Robinson with 15, Josie Bryan with 6


Kaelyn Ferrill with 8, Josie Bryan with 4

Service Points-

Josie Bryan with 13 and 8 aces, Kennedy Artman with 11 and 1 ace, Corin Robinson with 8 and 2 aces 


Madalyn Boyer with 1

Sen. Dianne Feinstein- the longest serving woman in the Senate, dies at age 90

Sen. Dianne Feinstein- the longest serving woman in the Senate, dies at age 90

 U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a centrist Democrat who was elected to the Senate in 1992 in the “Year of the Woman” and broke gender barriers throughout her long career in local and national politics, has died. 

Feinstein, the oldest member of the Senate, the longest-serving female senator and the longest-serving senator from California, announced in February that she planned to retire at the end of her term. She had faced calls for her resignation over concerns about her health.

A centrist Democrat, she was known for trying to find common ground with Republicans, sometimes drawing criticism from her party’s liberal members. She divided  from them on a number of issues, including opposing single-payer, government-run health care and the ambitious Green New Deal climate proposal, which she argued was politically and fiscally unfeasible.

The GROWMARK Foundation to Provide FFA Jackets to Illinois Members in Honor of Mike Builta

The GROWMARK Foundation to Provide FFA Jackets to Illinois Members in Honor of       Mike Builta

The GROWMARK Foundation is once again honoring the memory of a long-time employee, by providing jackets to FFA members in Illinois.

In April 2019, Mike Builta, a GROWMARK vice president, passed away unexpectedly. To honor his legacy, the GROWMARK Foundation has been awarding jackets to FFA members in Illinois each year.

100 jackets have already been provided over the last four years to FFA members, and the GROWMARK Foundation will again be awarding 25 jackets in 2023. FFA members are asked to answer the question “What does the FFA jacket mean to you?” and share the main goal they wish to accomplish as an FFA member.

The application is available here and is due October 8th at midnight.

Builta was raised on a family farm near Bellflower, Illinois. He was an active FFA member and lifelong supporter of agricultural education. He held GROWMARK System management roles at Christian County Farmers Supply Company in Taylorville, Illinois and GRAINCO FS in Ottawa, Illinois, before becoming GROWMARK vice president of Energy and Logistics in 2018.

The GROWMARK Foundation was formally incorporated in 2005 and supports 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organizations. The Foundation is focused on programs and activities which support: the vitality of the industry of agriculture; agriculture education and consumer understanding of agriculture's contributions to society and the economy; agricultural leadership development; and education about the benefits of the cooperative way of doing business. The GROWMARK System has been involved in a variety of philanthropic efforts, including youth and young leader education and development and scholarships, for decades.

GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative serving almost 400,000 customers across North America, providing agronomy, energy, facility engineering and construction, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by member cooperatives. More information is available at

Tune in Friday September 29th at 11:30 am to hear the Carthage Blueboys Baseball Race to the State Championship! Keith Yex and Ann Thompson will be Bringing you the Action only on WCAZ!

Tune in Friday September 29th at 11:30 am to hear the Carthage Blueboys Baseball Race to the State Championship! Keith Yex and Ann Thompson will be Bringing you the Action only on WCAZ!

Thank you to our Sponsors that made this happen!!!

Wear Drug, Sullivan Auctioneers, LLC, Kris Dornbush - State Farm Insurance Agent, First Bankers Trust Company, NA, Bergman Farm Supply , Marine Bank & Trust, Rural Bliss

DQ- Carthage  and Will Sullivan Auction



A local nonprofit organization, Western Illinois Regional Council-
Community Action Agency (WIRC-CAA), is pleased to announce they will soon resume taking applications for  the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federal program helps eligible households with paying their winter home energy bills, reconnecting their electrical and heating utilities, and/or with repairing or replacing their furnace. Awards are paid directly to the household’s utility company.
For many years, WIRC-CAA has managed LIHEAP in the western Illinois counties of Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, and Warren. Starting in October 2023, the Agency is now also managing applications for Knox
County. WIRC-CAA team members will be able to meet applicants at several pre-designated locations throughout their five-county service area, or process an application by phone if transportation is not possible.
In order to help the most vulnerable households first, LIHEAP applications will be scheduled on a staggered basis (also called priority periods). Starting on October 2, 2023, senior citizens ages 60+, disabled individuals, and families with children under the age of six years will be able to apply. On November 1, 2023, households that are disconnected, have a disconnection notice, or who have less than 25% fuel in their propane tank can
apply. Beginning on December 1, 2023, all other income-eligible households can apply for energy assistance.
Applications will continue to be scheduled until August 15, 2024, or when the program’s funding runs out for the program year.
An income-eligible household is a household whose total gross income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, which are as follows: One-person household: $2,430 per month; Two-person household: $3,287 per month; Three-person household: $4,143 per month; Four-person household: $5,000 per month; Five-person household: $5,857 per month. Households with six people or more should contact WIRC to ask if
their home is within the income guidelines.
The price of propane tends to go up during the winter months. Propane customers who belong to any of the priority groups are encouraged to apply as soon as they are able, so that their benefit award will go further. Households interested in applying should contact WIRC to check their eligibility and schedule an appointment with a case worker. Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, and Warren County residents can schedule an appointment by calling WIRC’s Macomb office at 309-837-2997. Knox County residents can call WIRC’s
Galesburg office at 309-837-5115. The business hours for both offices are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Appointments are typically scheduled a few weeks in advance, but it can be longer depending on how many people apply.
Funding for LIHEAP is provided by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
WIRC-CAA is a nonprofit that helps people and communities in multiple western Illinois counties. The Agency has offices in Macomb and Galesburg. For more information, find them on social media, visit their website at, or call 309-837-2997. WIRC-CAA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Midwest troubadour Mark Dvorak to perform in Galesburg October 8

 The Carl Sandburg Historic Site, 313 East Third Street welcomes folk singer songwriter Mark Dvorak to the Songbag Concert Series on Sunday, October 8 at 2:00 pm.


“I’m thrilled to be back in Galesburg,” said the singer from his home outside Chicago. “Mr. Sandburg has been an inspiration and a source since I was first introduced to him in middle school, a long time ago.”

The Chicago Tribune has called Dvorak “masterful,” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as “a living archive of song and style.” Dvorak has won awards for journalism and children’s music, and was honored in 2013 with the FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International. In 2008 he received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2012 Rich Warren, long time host of The Midnight Special radio program named Dvorak “Chicago’s official troubadour.”

“At this stage of the game, I feel like I’m doing my best work,” said Dvorak who is busy at work on his 20th CD release Live & Alone, recorded in an empty concert hall during the height of the pandemic lock down. He is also planning to publish his fourth book of essays, 31 Winters, which reflects on his long journey through music and teaching.

For information phone 309.342.2361 or visit

Learn more about Mark Dvorak at


Sandburg Foundation Exceeds $100K Goal for 100 Extraordinary Women Campaign to Support Nursing Student Success

Sandburg Foundation Exceeds $100K Goal for 100 Extraordinary Women Campaign to Support Nursing Student Success 

The Carl Sandburg College Foundation and Sandburg’s College of Nursing are thrilled to announce they have exceeded their goal in their 100 Extraordinary Women campaign. 


The campaign, which launched in March, sought to raise $100,000 through a minimum of 100 donations or pledges of $1,000. Through the generosity of alumni and community members, employees and current students, Sandburg has now reached 104% of that goal. Money raised through the campaign will go to support nursing student success. 


“The successful completion of the 100 Extraordinary Women campaign is a testament to the strong support in our community for our nursing graduates,” Sandburg President Dr. Seamus Reilly said. “This campaign celebrates current and former students in our nursing programs and provides funding for the next generation of nurses in our district. Carl Sandburg College is grateful to our donors for their incredible generosity.” 


A recognition event for participating donors will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday in the Student Center on Sandburg’s Galesburg campus. Additionally, the name of every donor or every woman honored as part of the 100 Extraordinary Women campaign will be permanently listed in the College of Nursing as part of Sandburg's new Science and Technology Center, which is scheduled to open for the 2024 fall semester. 


“We are so incredibly thankful to all of these donors for their commitment to Sandburg students and their appreciation for the roles nurses play in our lives,” said Dr. Emily Schaeffer, dean of nursing professions. “Campaigns like this are truly impactful. This will help students change their lives and their families’ lives, possibly for decades to come.” 


Proceeds from the campaign help remove educational barriers for students such as daycare costs and availability, reliable transportation and fuel prices. They also relieve the financial hardship related to the inability for students to work many hours during the program as well as the initial textbook costs and fees for stethoscopes, uniforms and clinical supplies. Commitments also assist with end-of-program costs such as board fees and fingerprinting. 


"The donations and support we’ve gained from nursing alumni, area citizens, district-wide leaders and Sandburg employees and trustees, coupled with increased funds from our Sandburg Foundation, has enabled us to allocate $30,000 per year over the next five years in nursing success grants,” said Eric Johnson, chief advancement officer for the Sandburg Foundation. “This will help impact nearly 75% of our nursing professions students. Prior to this initiative, the amounts awarded in the last five years ranged from $3,000-$9,770, assisting less than 25% of our nursing professions students.?Just since the start of the current semester, our Sandburg Foundation has already awarded $16,000 to 32 nursing professions students, in $500 awards through our nursing success grants." 


While the 100 Extraordinary Women campaign goal has been met, you can still join the initiative or give in honor of an extraordinary woman by visiting Donors can make their payment in one amount, donate annually or make bimonthly gifts. Individuals may also group together to share their pledge, and anyone may give in honor or in memory of a special woman.  


For questions, more information or to donate, contact Dr. Emily Schaeffer, dean of nursing professions, at or 309.341.5253 or Eric Johnson, chief advancement officer, at or 309.341.5349.  


Founded in 1969, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation organized exclusively for educational purposes to assist in developing and augmenting the college's facilities and carrying out the educational functions of Illinois Community College District 518. Contributions to the Foundation expand and enhance Sandburg's programs; support students through scholarships and crisis loans/grants; and provide for the capital needs of Carl Sandburg College.  



·         Christine Ackman (honored by Carol Rogers) 

·         Mary and Bernie Andrews 

·         Azer Clinic 

·         Dr. Wil Azer 

·         Dianna and David Bainter 

·         Stacy Bainter 

·         Susan Buck 

·         Molly Buckley 

·         Linda Marie Butler (honored by Sharon Butler) 

·         Carl Sandburg College Associate Degree of Nursing Class of 2023-24 

·         Carl Sandburg College Associate Degree of Nursing Class of 2024-25 

·         Carl Sandburg College Practical Nursing Class of 2023 

·         Carl Sandburg College Women of Character (honored by Anthony Law) 

·         Florence "Brownie" Carlin honored by (Elizabeth Carlin Metz) 

·         Marjorie Cox (honored by Krista Winters) 

·         Janet Kay Day (honored by Tony Day and Kelly Judy) 

·         Lisa DeKezel 

·         Nana Djunga (honored by the Galesburg Community Foundation) 

·         Dr. G.W. Douglas (honored by Cora Lee Douglas) 

·         Hazel Williamson Dunphy (honored by Darin Dunphy) 

·         Nancy Eberhardt 

·         Brenda and Stephen Fineberg 

·         Ashley Conlon Fox (honored by Randy and Jeanne Conlon) 

·         Pansy Louis French (honored by Tammi Lewis) 

·         Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce 

·         Pam Godsil 

·         Graham Health Systems 

·         LaDonna Green 

·         Jennifer Hamilton (honored by Naomi Law) 

·         Marge Hardine (honored by Marcia Bullis) 

·         Sophie Higarida Gonzalez (honored by Irene Ponce and Vicky Toland) 

·         Carrie and Matthew Hawkinson 

·         Jennifer and Mark Holmes 

·         Kang Hee Hong 

·         Tina Hope 

·         Jessica Houdyshell 

·         Sue Hulett 

·         Elvria Hunigan (honored by Semenya McCord) 

·         Terry Jackson 

·         Joyce Johnson (honored by Rev. Lee Johnson) 

·         Lydia Johnson (honored by Rev. Lee Johnson) 

·         Vivian Harris Keiser (honored by Gayle Keiser, Ph.D.) 

·         Jeannette and Mark Kleine 

·         Knox County Nursing Home 

·         Doris Kowalski (honored by Marcia Bullis) 

·         Georgia Wilcoxon Lane (honored by Laura Lane) 

·         Cecelia Landon (honored by Gerald Landon) 

·         Dylana Larson 

·         Edith and Bruce Lauerman 

·         Jan Lundeen 

·         Jan Lundeen (honored by Penny Gold) 

·         Rachel Martin 

·         Elizabeth Means 

·         Becky Marshall (honored by Ashley Myler) 

·         Jeannine McCullough 

·         Amy Medina (honored by Seminary Village)  

·         Tracey Moore-Baker and Mark Baker 

·         Janet Mottaz 

·         Susan Oremus 

·         Delores Perez (honored by Gayla Pacheco) 

·         Roberta Reeder (honored by Mary and Mike Panther) 

·         Gabrielle Raley-Karlin 

·         Dr. Seamus and Maeve Reilly 

·         Dr. Emily Schaeffer 

·         Faye Schulz 

·         Katie Stone (honored by Christina Stone) 

·         Jodi Sweeney 

·         Jan Taylor (honored by Carol Brown) 

·         Janice Taylor 

·         Josie Thomas 

·         Vicky Higareda Toland (honored by Vicky Toland) 

·         Karen Wadle (honored by Jodi and Tom Pospeschil) 

·         Naomi Wai (honored by Rev. Lee Johnson) 

·         Alicia Warren (honored by Rev. Lee Johnson) 

·         Debbie Welty (honored by Rev. Lee Johnson) 

·         Maxine Whitcomb (honored by P. Joan Larsen) 

·         Marianne Wiesen 

·         Ruth Benson Wood (honored by Susan and Stephen Bailey) 

·         Sandra and David Wood 

·         Sara Wood 

·         Kathy and Gene Woodward 



Finalists Announced for the Chevron Tractor Restoration Competition From 12 High Schools Across the United States

Chevron Products Company, a Chevron U.S.A. Inc. division, maker of the Delo???? brand of technologically advanced engine oils, lubricants and coolants, announced today that judges have selected a group of 12 finalists for this year’s 26th Annual Chevron Tractor Restoration Competition (TRC) out of a field of young vintage tractor restorers from high schools across the United States.

The Chevron Tractor Restoration Competition (TRC) is a STEM initiative designed to foster hands-on learning, critical thinking, and teamwork among high school students, while also celebrating the rich heritage of agricultural machinery.


This year’s class of finalists are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  1. Alex Woods, representing Warsaw FFA in Warsaw, Illinois: 1940 John Deere A
  2. Andrew Hanna, from Greenwich, Connecticut: 1942 Farmall M
  3. Braden Wheeler, from Templeton High School in Templeton, California: 1929 McCormick Deering 10-20
  4. Cade Clark, representing Frienship FFA in Lubbock, Texas: 1954 John Deere 70LP Standard
  5. Cooper Masten, representing Alvord FFA in Alvord, Texas: 1951 Case VAC-12
  6. Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie, Texas: 1959 John Deere 630 LP
  7. Ethan Lulich, from Lyndon Station, Wisconsin: 1964 Oliver 770 LP Orchard
  8. Jake Camacho, from Nipomo High School in Nipomo, California: 1947 John Deere Model B
  9. Noah Roberts, representing Dodgeland FFA in Juneau, Wisconsin: 1950 Farmall M
  10. Ruby Valley FFA Tractor Restoration Team, representing Ruby Valley FFA in Sheridan, Montana: 1945 Farmall M
  11. Tyler Billings, representing Floresville High School FFA in Floresville, Texas: 1966 John Deere 4020
  12. Ulises Garcia, from Paso Robles High School in San Miguel, California: 1949 Farmall H


“I am extremely proud to see these young adults take it upon themselves to put hundreds and even thousands of hours towards restoring this beautiful agricultural machinery,” said Rachel Whitlow-Pullem, Tradeshow Specialist, Chevron. “Every student, finalist or not, should consider themselves a winner for being able to overcome the obstacles in restoring these important pieces of American history.”

Finalist presentations will take place in person on November 2-3, 2023, in Indianapolis, co-located with the 2023 FFA National Expo, where the winner will be announced and more than $20,000 in prizes will be awarded.

To showcase finalist creativity ahead of the competition, the public can vote now with “Fan Favorite” voting: 

  • A maximum of three votes a day are allowed from each email address
  • The winner and runner up will be the individuals/teams which garner the most and second most votes
  • Voting closes on Friday, October 27, 2023

Vote here and see their progress:












Carl Sandburg College Announces 2023 Summer Session Graduates

Carl Sandburg College has announced the names of students who have completed graduation requirements and graduated from the college at the end of the 2023 summer session.



Aledo — Natalie Finch

Avon — Lucas Dugan

East Galesburg — Jillyen Kirgan

Galesburg — Deion Wright, Carly Smith, Natalee Townsend, Bethanie Ricketts, Kathryne Herslow, Josue Bashombe, Caden Allen, Thales Rodrigues, Theo Rodrigues, Kainan Woodruff, Chadrick Admire, Babra Jepkirui

Knoxville — Todd Gorman

Lamoni, Iowa — Neemias Moreira

Macomb — Caden Buchanan Newman, Kanin Leab

Monmouth — Kayla Pinedo, Ryan Stacker, John Cozadd

Nauvoo — Milo Koechle

Oquawka — Sophia Gugliotta

Pekin — Cooper Theleritis

Viola — Carter Demuth



Denver, Colo. — Dana James

Dunlap — Kaili Meister

Farmington — Victoria Foley

Galesburg — Erica Crider, Casey Folger, Dashay Burnett, Austin Kidder, Samantha Cozad, Jennifer Felix, Brandon Bridwell

Gladstone — Jayde Henry

Monmouth — Cheyenne Brownlee, John Cozadd

Pekin — Cooper Theleritis

St. Augustine — Laney Tabb



Galesburg — Carly Smith, Brock Karns, James Nelson, Natalie Courtney, Damon Reed

Monmouth — Steven Meza



Administrative Office Professional

Abingdon — Margaret Kidd


Information Technology & Cyber Security

Galesburg — Ryan Simpson


Medical Assistant

Dunlap — Emma Wolfe


Mortuary Science

Abingdon — Hallie Buttry

Blue Grass, Iowa — Hunter Vastine

Galesburg — Kelsi Legge

Hutchinson, Kan. — Sarah Peterson

Macomb — Ryan Thorman

Moline — Emily Joy

Peoria — Nicole Heald

Rushville — Jonah Phelps



Alexis — Brandy Lowry




Roseville — Janelle Walker


Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

Galesburg — Noah Olson


Medical Assisting

Chicago — Makita Ray

Cuba — Adrianna Kemp

Dunlap — Emma Wolfe

Galesburg — Michelle Mackey, Tabitha Johnson, Vanessa Hawkins, Jerome Mujanayi, Vermariz Montoya


Practical Nursing

Galesburg — Lawrence Wilborn, Karen Harlan

Joy — Thomas Loughead

Viola — Kelsey Weir

Sorensen to Release Plan to Cut Costs and Grow the Middle Class

On Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 11:30 AM CT, Congressman Eric Sorensen (IL-17) will host a virtual press conference to unveil his Plan to Cut Costs for Working Families, which includes his economic priorities to lower costs for families and grow the middle class in Central and Northwestern Illinois. 



Illini West Volleyball vs. Monmouth-Roseville Scores and Stats

Illini West Volleyball vs. Monmouth-Roseville Scores and Stats

Illini West falls to Monmouth-Roseville on the road in 2: 24-26, 21-25


Leading stats for IW:



Josie Bryan with 7, Reagan Reed with 6, Madalyn Boyer with 4


Josie Bryan with 7, Corin Robinson with 6


Kaelyn Ferrill with 8, Reagan Reed and Madalyn Boyer with 7, Josie Bryan with 6

Service Points-

Reagan Reed with 9 and 3 aces, Kaelyn Ferrill with 4 and 1 ace


FEMA Public Assistance Now Available in 19 Illinois Counties including Hancock

FEMA Public Assistance Now Available in 19 Illinois Counties

On Sept. 15, FEMA approved Illinois’ request for 19 counties to receive Public Assistance following the severe storms and flooding event on June 29 – July 2, 2023.
With this addition, federal funding is now available to state, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work, debris removal and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the disaster in Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Hancock, Macon,
McDonough, Monroe, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike, Sangamon, Scott, Vermil lion, Warren and Washington counties.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program includes recovery assistance for governments and certain private nonprofits after a disaster and does not include individuals and households. FEMA’s Individual Assistance program—or federal grant funding to assist individuals and households with their recovery after the June 29 – July 2, 2023, disaster—is currently available only in Cook County.

The next step in the public assistance process is a series of applicant briefings to identify and report damage to FEMA, so project worksheets can be prepared for eligible work. FEMA provides 75 percent of the project cost to the state with other non-federal sources covering the remainder. For more information about FEMA’s Public Assistance
program, visit Assistance for Governments and Private Non-Profits After a Disaster |
Additionally, all areas of the state are now eligible for hazard mitigation assistance.
For even more information about the disaster recovery operation in Illinois, visit


Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability,
English proficiency, or economic status. Reasonable accommodations, including translation and American Sign
Language interpreters via Video Relay Service will be available to ensure effective communication with applicants
with limited English proficiency, disabilities, and access and functional needs. If you or someone you know has been
discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (including 711 or Video Relay).

Dallas String Quartet opens Civic Music season with Bridgerton-inspired show- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Burlington Memorial Auditorium

To order season tickets or for more ticket information, call 319-752-0336 or email

Immerse yourself in the elaborate world of “Bridgerton” and
a romantic evening of today’s most popular love songs performed by the Dallas String Quartet, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Burlington Memorial Auditorium. 

The quartet’s fusion of contemporary classical and pop music is often referred to as “Bach meets Bon Jovi” and compared to artists like Lindsey Stirling, Vitamin String Quartet and 2Cellos.
They use both traditional and electric strings performing as a quartet with the full
accompaniment of drums and guitar. They’re known for their eclectic renditions of everything from Guns N’ Roses and Shawn Mendes to Camila Cabello and The Piano Guys.

The quartet has performed for presidents Obama and George W. Bush, with superstar artists like Ed Sheeran, Luke Combs and Ashley McBryde, at the College Football Playoffs, and for NBA and NFL organizations. Their cover of Katy Perry’s “Firework” was featured on American Idol, and brands like Cartier, Delta Air Lines and LinkedIn seek out this one-of-a-kind quartet. Even Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton requested them as entertainment for their July 2021 wedding.

To order season tickets or for more ticket information, call 319-752-0336 or email

Bluff City Theater - Brings the Arts to life!

Bluff City Theater - Brings the Arts to life! 

Bluff City  Theater  in Hannibal  live theater has entertained audiences but also introduced them to ideas, sometimes unpopular, that they might never otherwise have explored on their own. Live theater engages the emotions and the imagination of those who watch and enriches the lives of everyone here in our community. At Bluff City Theater, we want to make sure that live professional theater survives for the next generation by suspending paid ticketing to remove the financial barrier to attending. Instead, we rely on the public spirit and generosity of our donors, sponsors and granting organizations to bring you these outstanding stories. Now, in our 10th season, we are introducing a new generation to the joy of live performances.


Professional Theater and Arts -All with in driving distance!




Memorial Hospital will host a Fall Luxe event on Saturday, September 30, from
1:00 – 5:00 pm at 822 E County Road 1540 Carthage, IL 62321 . This extraordinary event will be filled with upscale vendors, healthcare screenings and education, heavy appetizers made by Memorial Hospital’s Chef Amber Clark, live entertainment by Craig Corzatt, and more. The cost per ticket is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

This Fall Luxe Event will present an experience like no other. Those in attendance can engage with Memorial Hospital’s Health & Wellness Center, FOCUS Fitness, Memorial Hospital Foundation, Memorial Med Spa, Memorial Institute of Health & Healing, Memorial Medical Clinic Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Memorial Medical Clinics Dermatology services. Those that wish can dive into limited-seating breakout sessions hosted by a few of Memorial Hospital’s renowned providers. Dr. Gina Bell, OB/GYN; Dr. Yoon Hang Kim; Dr. Christopher Jones, OB/GYN; and Katie Ruebush, DPT, PT, will lead engaging sessions by providing valuable insights and expert advice on their services at 630 Locust Street in Carthage. All mini session attendees will receive a special gift. To secure your seat in these mini sessions advance sign-up is required. Krista Carle, APRN-FNP, Dermatology, will also be available in the lounge area for meet and greet and conversation about healthy skin.

An exclusive lineup of vendors will also be available to offer the finest in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. 

This event promises abundant opportunities for learning, shopping, and reconnecting with
friends. To register for the breakout sessions or purchase advance tickets, visit Memorial
Hospital's Facebook page at "Memorial Hospital in Carthage, IL," or visit the website at For any inquiries, feel free to reach out to Colleen Wildrick at (217) 357-8502.



Press Release

Sheriff Travis Duffy reports the following arrests on Hancock County
Warrants. These warrants were issued as a result of many hours of
investigation into thefts and burglaries in Hancock County.
Wyatt J. Brown (Carthage, age 25) was arrested on September 10,
2023, by Carthage Police Department and Hancock County deputies.
Brown had a Hancock County warrant for his arrest with the charge of
Theft, a class 3 felony. Bond was set at $50,000 with 10% to apply.
Brown remains lodged in the Hancock County Jail. Additional charges
are expected to be filed at a later date.

Kari J. Howe (Warsaw, age 37) was arrested on September 11, 2023,
by Hancock County deputies. Howe had a warrant for her arrest for
Burglary, a class 2 felony, and Theft, a class a misdemeanor. Bond was set
at $10,000 with 10% to apply.
Howe posted the required bond and was released. Additional charges
are possible at a later date.
Sheriff Duffy also reports that more arrest warrants are being
requested as deputies close more investigations.
All arrested persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a
court of law.

Chris Spohr, Caregiver and Engagement Specialist will give a presentation of services offered to caregivers providing care for loved ones

Chris Spohr, Caregiver and Engagement Specialist will give a presentation of services offered to caregivers providing care for loved ones


DATE: September 15, 2023

Time: 10:00am

Place: Hancock County Aging and Disability Resource Center
320 Walnut St.
Carthage, Il. 62321

Chris Spohr, Caregiver and Engagement Specialist will give a presentation of services offered to caregivers providing care for loved ones. Packets and brochures are available. Chris will assist caregivers and answer any questions that caregivers have. Don’t miss out on this valuable information. If you are unable to attend, you may reach Chris at 217-223-7904 Ext. 170.

Country Music Icon Wynonna Judd will be at the Peoria Civic Center on November 4 Th

Country Music Icon Wynonna Judd will be at the  Peoria Civic Center on November 4 th

One of Country music’s most legendary voices and truly iconic performers, Wynonna, has announced her upcoming theatre tour, Back To Wy. The tour, produced by Live Nation, will feature the songs off Wynonna’s first two solo albums – Wynonna (1992) and Tell Me Why (1993), performed track by track, front to back, followed by a finale of her other hits along with The Judds classics. The 15-city tour kicks off on Tuesday, October 26 at Murat Theatre at Old National Centre in Indianapolis, IN making stops across the U.S. in San Antonio, Dallas, Louisville and more before wrapping up in Knoxville at Tennessee Theatre on Friday, December 1.  


Wynonna Judd will be performing at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on November 4.  Tickets can be purchased or in person at the Toyota Box Office, open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


With vast critical acclaim including high endorsement as “the voice of her generation” by Rolling Stone, Wynonna, selling over five-million units, became the highest-selling debut album by a female artist at the time.  Wynonna earned 3 consecutive #1 hits with “She Is His Only Need,” “I Saw The Light,” and “No One Else On Earth.”  A musical force like none other before her, Wynonna followed her wildly successful debut with the multi-platinum disc, Tell Me Why, which produced several hit singles including “Tell Me Why,” “Is It Over Yet,” “Rock Bottom,” and “Girls With Guitars.” 


"Getting to share this tour with the fans who have been with me for 40 years, means the world to me. Deep diving into my first two solo albums, "Wynonna" and "Tell Me Why," track by track, will be a trip down memory lane. As I sit and listen to these two records, I’m flooded with the memories that surrounded that time in my life. The fans held me up and supported me through that season of change in 1992, and I now see “herstory” repeating itself. This music healed me then and is healing me now. The circle of life continues…" 

-Wynonna Judd 

Tune into WCAZ NEXT Week during the Still Talking Morning show for a Conversation with Wynonna Judd and Brad Still!


Quincy Ranked #10 Best Hometown in the U.S.

While America’s big cities are a focus for many, there’s something special about small town charm. By analyzing dozens of small cities and towns across the country, a new report found the best small towns to live in across the U.S.

The towns were ranked based on several factors including safety, affordable living, and education.

Quincy, IL is the #10 Best Hometown in the country!

Coming in at #1 is Elmira, NY. Other top small towns include Utica, NY; Hattiesburg, MS; Bowling Green, KY; and Hannibal, MO.

  • Safest Hometowns: Marquette, MI; Weston, WV; and Montrose, CO
  • Best Education: Binghamton, NY; Corning, NY; and Hattiesburg, MS
  • Most Affordable: Greenville, MS; Keokuk, IA; and Greenwood, MS



Carthage Public Library District is joining more than 200 other libraries across the state to kick off the new season of Illinois Libraries Present, a collaborative effort featuring virtual events with bestselling and award-winning authors and esteemed speakers. The season opens  with a special event with Colson Whitehead, the two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. The Power of Story with Colson Whitehead will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, September 6, at 7:00 p.m. Attend a Watch Party at the Carthage Public Library, or pre-register for the Zoom program through the link on the library’s website,
     Whitehead is only the fourth writer to win two Pulitzer Prizes for fiction. His book
Underground Railroad, a #1 New York Times bestseller, won the award in 2017 as well as the  National Book Award and the Carnegie Medal for Fiction. Whitehead was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2020 for The Nickel Boys.
     Whitehead’s newest book, Crook Manifesto, the second book in the Harlem Trilogy, was published in July. It’s a darkly funny tale of a city under siege, but also a sneakily searching portrait of the meaning of family. The author’s other books include Harlem Shuffle, The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and a collection of essays. 
     Whitehead has received a MacArthur Fellowship and Guggenheim Fellowship and the  Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, among others. In 2023, President Biden awarded Whitehead a National Endowment for the Humanities Medal.
     Colson Whitehead will be joined in conversation with award-winning author Tochi
Onyebuchi. His books include Goliath, Riot Baby, the Beasts Made of Night series, the War Girls series, and (S)kinfolk.
     Author events are often a cornerstone of library programming. Throughout the pandemic such events continued, but in a virtual format with libraries joining together to host a variety of bestselling and award-winning authors and thought leaders. Joining forces for such events allow libraries to bring speakers to their communities that might not be possible due to budget constraints or production capabilities. And that’s just the point of Illinois Libraries Present. By  working together, libraries are able to bring an event to multiple and diverse communities, providing access for many library patrons to attend, while at the same time, expanding the platform for the author.  
     “We joined Illinois Libraries Present so our patrons will have access to these quality programs and we are excited to kick off the season with such an accomplished author as Colson Whitehead,” says Amy Gee, director of the Carthage Public Library District.
     Illinois Libraries Present’s season will continue in October when Stephen Graham Jones talks horror at 7:00 pm on October 4. Stephen Graham Jones is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and bestselling author.
Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events, is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library  Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). ILP is committed to inclusion and accessibility.

For more information, contact the Carthage Public Library District, 217-357-3232 or

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