Local & Social Scene
Follow us on Facebook
Special Sections Spotlight
The Watseka high school golf teams conducted their first week of practice at Shewami this week.
Many schools around the area began their first official day of practice on Aug. 12. Among those practicing was the Watseka Warriors’ soccer team.
This weekend, the Chicago Bears wrapped up their annual 18 day practice camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.
On Aug. 3, the Watseka Park District kicked off it’s soccer season.
An Iroquois County judge set bond at $1 million for a Sheldon man charged with first degree murder.
Business name: Watseka Family Table Restaurant
As of July 1 Buckley State Bank has named Jacqueline J Weber as president.
Business name: Kingdon’s Home Center
Business name: Robert Davis & Son, Inc.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced late Friday that he signed 49 bills into law, including one that would allow graduate students to unionize.
The Illinois State Police have filed proposed rules for the Illinois Gun Dealer License Certification Act, but a mandatory 90-day review period means that gun dealers will still have to wait until all the details are finalized and the law is fully implemented before the cost of compliance is clear.
Grandstand acts at the Illinois State Fair have broken the record for most tickets sold.
Authorities say an Illinois State Police trooper who was shot and wounded at a home in suburban Chicago was among a group of officers serving a warrant related to a traffic stop.
An Illinois state senator has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he took more than $250,000 in salary and benefits over three years from the Teamsters while doing little or no work.
I have the good luck to spend part of the winter in Arizona, specifically Cave Creek, a small town located ten miles north of Phoenix. There’s only one major thoroughfare, the four-lane Cave Creek Highway, which is essentially Main Street. It runs into Carefree, a city of similar size, but i…
Are you planning to retire within the next 10 to 15 years? If so, are you ready to take retirement preparedness to the next level?
Retirement is no longer an abstract concept when you reach your 50s. It's important to take a closer look at your financial plans now, while you have time to make any corrections. Consider these five steps to ensure the retirement of your dreams – or at least avoid the retirement of your nightmares.
1. Outline Your Retirement Goals – What do you really want to do when you retire? Buy a retirement home on the beach? Travel abroad? Start an expensive hobby? It's time to figure out how to pay for those goals.
Lay out your primary retirement goals and estimate the major expenses associated with them. Place those expenses on a timeline spread throughout your retirement. You now have an estimate of how your cash flow needs will change because of your retirement plans.
2. Rethink Your Expenses –</...
Imagine an online offer for a restaurant chain that is so tempting it sells out in one second. That actually happened with the return of the Olive Garden's Never Ending Pasta Pass.
The original Never Ending Pasta Pass in 2014 was so popular that it crashed Olive Garden's website, and the passes sold out within 45 minutes. In 2017, with improved website capabilities, the 22,000 passes sold out in one second after going on sale, while the limited Annual Pasta Passes offered in 2018 also sold out in one second. This year, Olive Garden released 24,000 passes at 2pm ET on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 — and for the first time there were 50 Lifetime Pasta Passes available, too. All the passes sold out within a second.
What makes this deal so popular? For one thing, it is a spectacular deal for regular patrons of the Olive Garden. In essence, it is the Never Ending Pasta Bowl extended over multiple visits for a limited period of time — unlimited pasta bowls sprea...
If you can get something either with or without a fee, why would you ever pay the fee? Unless you just enjoy throwing money away, you'd have to get something of value in return to justify the fees.
A recent survey from Discover, a major issuer of no-fee credit cards, investigated fees and their effects on credit card usage. The survey showed that consumers with no-annual-fee credit cards were twice as likely to be satisfied with their card than consumers with annual-fee cards (70% to 35%) – suggesting that consumers aren't getting a sufficient return for the fees that they pay.
Surveys typically show that between two-thirds and three-quarters of credit cards don't charge annual fees. According to the How To Evaluate A Credit Card Offer
Whether you are sending your kids off to kindergarten or to college, back-to-school time means a serious dent in your wallet. With some planning, however, you can limit the size of that dent. Here are some helpful hints:
- Set A Budget – As with any shopping run, if you do not make a list and do not have a budget, you are very likely to spend more than you intended. Research prices online or in stores before you start.
Use the budget as an opportunity to discuss priorities with your kids – if they want a particularly expensive or trendy backpack or shoes, they can help decide where the money can be saved in other supplies to pay for their indulgence.
- Track Sales Early – Back-To-School sales certainly help, but if you keep an eye out for extraordinary deals on basic supplies during off-seasons and clearances you can save significant...
Who doesn't love cash back rewards? We all enjoy the feeling of getting something back with our purchases, and credit card companies know this. They offer rewards programs as incentives – and a recent survey from CreditCards.com shows that cash back programs are the most attractive variety.
Almost one-third (31%) of survey respondents chose 3% cash back on all purchases as their preferred option. That's nearly double the percentage that preferred a $500 sign-up bonus (17%) or an eighteen-month 0% intro APR on purchases (14%). Cash back was preferred almost three-to-one over a 21-month 0% intro APR period on balance transfers or a $1,200 sign-up bonus good for airfare and hotel usage. Check out our list of cash back credit card offers.
However, rewards come at a price. Cr...
There are several well-known factors that contribute to aging: smoking, stress, sun exposure and genetics, among them. But what you may not realize is what you put on your plate can also cause you to look beyond your year.
It can sometimes be difficult to get kids outdoors for exercise when the weather is harsh, says Jennifer Jewell, a physical therapist in Jefferson Township. That’s one of the main reasons she enrolled her three children in the iXL Rehab, Exercise and Wellness Center’s Excel Sports Performance youth camp.
While eating meatless has an array of health benefits and even significantly reduces your carbon footprint, there is undoubtedly a price you pay cutting out meat. Vegetarians and vegans commonly struggle with making up these crucial nutrients and vitamins.
Summer vacation is well under way, and with a lack of recess and physical education, parents may be looking for different ways to get kids outside and staying active. A great way to keep children from becoming couch potatoes for three months is to go for a hike.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is caused when an individual witnesses or experiences a tragic event. Though they may not surface for months or years, symptoms include sleeplessness, depression, a heightened state of anxiety, flashbacks to the event and avoidance of places, people or activities that are reminders of the trauma. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 7.7 million adults in the U.S. live with PTSD, though women are more likely to develop this condition.
When 63-year-old Margie Reckard was killed by a gunman who opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, earlier this month, Antonio Basco lost his entire world. So, he he invited the world to join him in remembering his companion of 22 years. (Aug. 16)
U.S. Route 36 extends for more than 200 miles through the midsection of Colorado. In the center of the state, it's better known as the Denver-Boulder Turnpike, providing scenic views of the Flatirons to the northwest and downtown Denver to the southeast. Given the potentially groundbreaking research underway at each end, a more appropriate moniker for the turnpike might be Head Trauma Highway. ...
NEW YORK - Mikhail Prokhorov arrived like a James Bond villain, a swashbuckler straight out of a private jet, ready to deliver grand proclamations, spend big money and needle James Dolan. (He once called the Knicks owner, "Little man.") For the first few years of his ownership, Prokhorov was present and fun. He hung a billboard of himself and Jay-Z over Dolan's MSG reading "The Blueprint for ...
In 2017, the NCAA said it wanted to limit "repetitive head impact exposure" by football players during the preseason because of a possible link between those blows and concussions. It prohibited two-a-day practices while adding additional practice days. To track the effects of the rule changes, the NCAA initiated a study in which it measured the head impact sustained during preseason practices ...
LOS ANGELES - He wouldn't be here now if just one thing didn't go so terribly wrong. His single mother's back troubles that required five surgeries and forced him to drop out of high school to get a job installing utility pipes. His suspension from Australian rules football for ordering a fat-burning product that contained traces of a banned substance. His college teammate dying from ...
The Ford-Iroquois Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11 a.m. Aug. 28 at Monical’s, 500 W. Ottawa Road, Paxton. This will feature a pizza buffet for those attending.