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Registration open for Smokin' in the Park

LeROY – Smokin’ in the Park will be back this year for its 12th year in Kiwanis Park alongside the annual classic car show. 

 Visitors from across central Illinois are expected to descend upon LeRoy Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 as the smell of barbecue overtakes downtown.  


Tri-Valley explores "innovation" time

DOWNS ― Building off an initiative created by Google, Tri-Valley High School is creating a new way of improving school culture through an “innovation” period.


Group effort which includes local grad aims at raising $220K for starving children

BLOOMINGTON – A group of Illinois State University students, including a Blue Ridge graduate, have high hopes for a semester project turned humanitarian effort. 

The goal: raise enough money to package 1 million meals for starving children and families across the globe. The amount needed: $220,000. 


Blue Ridge Board extends resource officer agreement; hears of misallocation of state funds

FARMER CITY – The Blue Ridge School Board extended an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Farmer City for a school resource officer at last week’s meeting. 

Per the agreement the city and the school board share one half of the hourly rate of the officer, and the city pays all health insurance and retirement benefits. 


Blue Ridge grad hired as Schneider principal

FARMER CITY – The Blue Ridge School Board made several personnel moves after an executive session last week, including the hiring of a principal for Schneider School. 

Ryan Peyton – a 2001 graduate of Blue Ridge High School – was chosen as the new chief of Farmer City’s Elementary School. 


Tri-Valley could host Bloomington Thunder youth hockey players

DOWNS ― Tri-Valley High School may be hosting some international hockey players next school year.


Blue Ridge's Zimmerman gets DeKalb Ag Accomplishment Award

Blue Ridge FFA Member Chase Zimmerman has received the 2016 DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award sponsored by Monsanto Company. 


McLean County group looking to start "Cyber Lions Club"

MCLEAN COUNTY (Press Release) — Individuals in McLean County are looking for others to join them in serving the needs of communities across the county.  

The proposed “McLean County Cyber Lions Club” is looking to join the more than 46,000 Lions clubs making a difference in communities around the world.  


LeRoy Spring Fling to begin April 30

LeROY — On April 30 and May 1, the newly-reorganized LeRoy Chamber of Commerce will how a “Spring Fling” event, a take-off of the popular Small Business Saturday event hosted each November. 

Several local businesses will have specials and deals available for patrons throughout the day. 


Tri-Valley School Board meets new hires

DOWNS ― The Tri-Valley School Board met four new hires for the district at Monday’s monthly meeting held at the office of the Superintendent of Schools.


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