On an October day in 1840, they were auctioning off the personal property of the Edward Wilson estate. Marcus Snow was among the bidders at the three-day sale. The auction took place at the Wilson home located near where the Salt Kettle Rest Area on Interstate 74 is now.

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DANVILLE — When you’re a dad with twins or triplets, you barely get a good night’s sleep.

A product of Catlin, 22-year-old Damon Hays has been selected to serve as a volunteer for the Peace Corps in the country of Benin.

Genealogists today seem to be bombarded with news and articles about DNA tests and their effectiveness in solving crimes and reuniting family members. Some additional bits of related information are included here.

Good Sunday morning everyone, and Happy Father’s Day!! The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day honoring fathers became a natio…

RIDGE FARM — Each growing season, gardeners face many questions: what to plant, remove, divide, etc. Whether gardeners have a large area or a small patio, nutrient rich soil or compacted clay, unlimited funds or a tight budget there are countless ways to proceed and new garden trends to consider.

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DANVILLE – After being denied, a special-use permit to allow for a solar energy system at Aqua Illinois’ water treatment plant off West Fairchild Street will return for Danville City Council action next week.

DANVILLE – Renovations completed years ago at the Lincoln Park Pavilion are similar to those city officials say are needed at the Douglas Park Pavilion.


SPRINGFIELD – Trent Lawrence had a rude awakening earlier this week. Overnight, mice had gotten into the greenhouse on his farm and eaten several dozen trays of seedlings he was planning to transplant into a field.

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DANVILLE — A minister who has served for more than 60 years in positions as co-pastor and pastor with the Assemblies of God has received the Unsung Hero award for 2019.

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DANVILLE — Danville District 118 officials hope the district’s three-day centralized registration event, which ends at noon today, made registering students more convenient, particularly for families who have more than one child in the district.

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Board this week had a first reading on a new solar farm energy systems ordinance for the county.

David L. Crawley, 61, of Danville, charged Thursday in Vermilion County Circuit Court with six counts of reproduction of child pornography, which are Class X felonies punishable by six to 30 years in prison, and one count of possession of child pornography, a Class 2 felony punishable by thr…

SPRINGFIELD – With a fiscal year 2020 operating budget in place and a historic legislative session in the rearview mirror, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is “cautiously optimistic” about the state’s new direction.

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DANVILLE – Teens in a summer cooking class whipped up a homemade dessert that doesn’t sound very appetizing but is a favorite chocolate concoction to many.

DANVILLE – Members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 686 who work at the Viscofan meat casings production facility in Danville are standing together for a fair contract.


DANVILLE — With a combined total of nearly 75 years in the classroom between them, Northeast Elementary Magnet School teachers Kathy Caston and Kim Hall undoubtedly have touched the lives of many students.

DANVILLE – Rantoul is the first municipality outside Vermilion County to join the Vermilion County Land Bank in a still-to-be-named new regional land bank.

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed sweeping protections for abortion on Wednesday in a new law that establishes access to the procedure as a "fundamental right" for women.

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DANVILLE – Northeast Elementary Magnet School students jumped — literally — at the chance to celebrate the last full day of school Tuesday with a Field Day.

DANVILLE — There are advantages in the proximity of Interstate 57 to Vermilion County. However, one disadvantage is that many travelers miss out on what northern Vermilion County cities have to offer.

DANVILLE – Construction had been expected to start this summer, but now likely won’t start until next construction season on the northwest sanitary service area project.

It’s that time again to remove empty planters, clean gutters, empty and remove abandoned swimming pools. Warm weather has reached Vermilion County, which means its time for mosquitoes.

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DANVILLE – Getting neighbors together to talk about community issues and find solutions to problems is easier said than done sometimes.

DANVILLE — Danville District 118 is once again offering a streamlined approach to student registration, starting Wednesday and lasting through the end of the week at the David S. Palmer Civic Center.

When she found out that staff at the Danville Correctional Center had removed more than 200 books from a library inside the prison’s education wing, Rebecca Ginsburg said she felt a pit in her stomach.

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DANVILLE – What happens in Vegas isn’t just staying in Vegas as eyes continue to be on Watchfire Signs’ upgrade of the world’s largest video screen.

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, with the support of the Doughboy Foundation and others, is making available a free digital download of Debra M. Dudek’s World War I Genealogy Research Guide: Tracing American Military and Non-Combatant Ancestors.

As a practicing veterinarian, my heart breaks when I see clients forced to skip necessary, even life-saving treatments for their pets based on the cost. Yes, vet bills are expensive. I am a veterinarian, and I, too, have felt the blow of an expensive trip to the veterinary emergency room fol…

Good Sunday morning, everyone! Have you heard of "The Latte Factor"? It’s a book written with the idea in mind that we spend to much money on fancy drinks like a latte and not enough is going into saving for a rainy day. It’s phrased “Say later to the latte.”

SPRINGFIELD — After four years of fiscal austerity and the pro-business, anti-union agenda of former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, Illinois lawmakers took a sharp turn to the left during the just-completed legislative session, passing a budget with more than $1 billion in new spending and a …

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Federation of Labor AFL–CIO will again sponsor the “Largest Downstate Parade in Illinois” on Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 2. The parade committee takes much time and pride in bringing this event to downtown Danville.

DANVILLE – Danville Restoring Our Community is registering people for the 2nd Annual Vermilion County Sealing and Expungement Summit.

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DANVILLE — Marvin “Ike” Isenhower enjoyed everything about his trip to Washington, D.C., with the Indy Honor Flight 29. But, he especially enjoyed all the attention from strangers.

DANVILLE – After aldermen approved a $6.2 million contract with Cross Construction for the northwest sanitary service area reconstruction in May, the project is being delayed.

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of Lynchburg, Virginia Passed away on June 1, 2019, Mrs. Myrna Pichon Nein Passed away at her home surrounded by those that loved her. Family and friends may call 434.401.1488 for additional information.

formerly of Potomac, died June 13, 2019. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. June 17, 2019, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac. Visitation 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial in Potomac Cemetery. www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.