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FIRST SNOWFALL

Posted: Thursday, Dec 8th, 2016
The first snow of the season happened on Sunday, Dec. 4. Around northern Illinois, residents saw from four to seven inches of snow. Pictured above is what the trees in the Ashton Park looked like after the snowfall.
(Photo by Monetta Young)
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Fair association presents awards

Posted: Thursday, Dec 8th, 2016
LEE COUNTY -- During the November meeting of the Lee County Fair Association, board members recognized the 2016 Friend of the Fair award recipients. Normally, Friend of the Fair awards are presented during the annual 4-H Fair and Jr. Show in July. However, due to excessive rain leading to cancellation of the tractor/truck pulls, the Fair Association was unable to gather this
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ABBA to sponsor light and decoration contest

Posted: Thursday, Dec 8th, 2016
ASHTON -- The Ashton Business Boosters Association will once again sponsor the annual Christmas light and decoration contest.
The judging will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10 between 7 and 9 p.m. Please have your decorations illuminated during these hours.
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Church to host festivities during annual Christmas in the Grove

Posted: Thursday, Dec 8th, 2016
FRANKLIN GROVE -- Don't miss the First Presbyterian Church of Franklin Grove at 106 South Walnut during the Christmas in the Grove Festivities on Dec. 9. Step inside and you will be invited to have a cookie and hot drink.
But wait, there's more. You will see a wonderful variety of cookies that you can purchase for $6
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Memorial bricks line pathway at Mills and Petrie

Posted: Thursday, Dec 8th, 2016
ASHTON -- The first memorial bricks were laid recently in the path that connects the main entrance to the library entrance at the Mills and Petrie Memorial Building.
Another section of memorial bricks will be installed in the spring. If you wish to purchase a brick in someone's memory or in honor of someone, order forms are available at the
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Christmas in the Grove raffle offers stay at Lincoln Way Bed and Breakfast

Posted: Thursday, Dec 8th, 2016
  FRANKLIN GROVE -- The annual Christmas In the Grove Christmas Walk through the Franklin Grove Business community will be held Friday, Dec. 9, from 5 until 8 p.m.
Christmas In the Grove is sponsored by the Franklin Grove Area Business Association. Many community businesses will stay open late to offer gift drawings and refreshments.
  This year's first prize
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Raiders take first place in annual Thanksgiving Tournament

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
ASHTON -- The AFC Raiders varsity basketball team took first place in their Thanksgiving Tournament held Nov. 22, 26.
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ILLUMINATION

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
The Mills and Petrie Building has been illuminated with a series of uplights across the front of the building. The lights are currently blue but can and will be changed periodically. Dale Tulk recently completed the project by request of the Mills and Petrie Board. The project was made possible by the Blum Family Foundation funds.
(Photo submitted)
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Logan announces candidacy for Franklin Grove Village Clerk

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
FRANKLIN GROVE -- On Monday, former Franklin Grove Mayor Bob Logan announced that he will be a candidate for election for the position of Franklin Grove Village Clerk in the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election.
Logan served from 1991 until 1993 as a Franklin Grove Village Trustee before being elected for five consecutive terms as the Village President (Mayor) from
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AFC to present its Christmas Concerts

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
ASHTON - The AFC High School Christmas Concert will be held at 7 p.m., on Dec. 7, in the high school gym. The band and chorus will perform several holiday selections for your enjoyment.
The fifth through eighth graders will then present their concert at 7 p.m., on Dec. 13, also in the high school gym. Performing groups
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Church to host festivities during annual Christmas in the Grove

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
FRANKLIN GROVE -- Don't miss the First Presbyterian Church of Franklin Grove at 106 South Walnut during the Christmas in the Grove Festivities on Dec. 9. Step inside and you will be invited to have a cookie and hot drink.
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Karson to complete American Legion Project in 2017

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016

FRANKLIN GROVE -- Photojournalist Mariah Karson attended Monday night's Franklin Grove American Legion Post meeting to complete several photo shoots and give a progress report on her new book to be completed in the late spring or early summer of 2017.
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