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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: February 22, 1974 “School Board Debates Early Graduation Policy” “The subject of policy regarding early graduation from high school was discussed at length by the Peotone School Board Monday night, but no conclusions were reached. In a report to the school board, Supt. Jack Pierce said that during the…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: February 15, 1974 Jumped ahead a week, as this pic was in next week’s edition… “Community to Honor Dr. Jessen Wednesday” “Dr. Lloyd Jessen will be honored by the Peotone Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, February 20, for his 25 years of outstanding medical service to the community, at…

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By Arline Adamsick The Beecher Herald: February 7, 1974 “Knuth’s Kountry Korner Destroyed by Fire Tuesday” “Approximately 45 firemen from Steger and Steger Estates waged a losing battle against the flames that destroyed one of Beecher’s landmarks – Knuth’s Kountry Korner, Tuesday afternoon. “The alarm sounded at approximately 1 p.m., when one of the clerks…

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By Arline Adamsick The Crete Record: January 31, 1974 Here were some of the headlines as the community approached February 1974… “County Buys Building for More Office Space,” “Nominating Petitions Ready for School Board Election,” “Overrides Committee: County Board Acts to Replace Pomeroy,” and “Village Board Mulls Revised Building Code.” Wonder how this course at…

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By Arline Adamsick The Crete Record: January 24, 1974 “Dairy Farms Refuses 201-U Terms for Milk Price Hike” “The terms under which the Crete-Monee 201-U School Board is willing to pay a higher price for milk were refused by the supplier, Les Batterman of Dairy Farms, Inc., it was announced at the regular school board…

Without looking at the picture's caption, do you recognize anyone? –File photo.

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By Arline Adamsick The Beecher Herald: January 17, 1974 I guess the “fat lady had not yet sung,” as apparently the junior college issue for Beecher was still very much alive… “PSC to Push for Beecher Annexation” “By Roger Schoenwald” “At the Prairie State College Board of Trustees meeting last week, a resolution by Board…

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By Arline Adamsick The Beecher Herald: January 10, 1974 “Propose Sewage Disposal Plant for Development” “Village board members spent considerable time Monday night listening to Herman Triezenberg explain in detail the proposals of Triemco Development Corporation, of South Holland, concerning sewer and water facilities for the proposed development of 430 acres east of Beecher. “Density…

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Dear Readers: Looking Back is a bit different this week, and it’s largely because Russell Papers, 50 years ago, were published 51 weeks each year – the week between Christmas and New Year’s was the one week the paper did not make the newsstands. Many years ago as a child, I always looked forward to…

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By Arline Adamsick The Manteno News: December 20, 1973 It was time to “Look Back” during Christmas of 1973, as the paper featured the front page of the first Christmas edition of the paper, which was not named “The Manteno News,” but rather “The Manteno Independent.” From that first edition comes the following: “Greetings: And…

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By Arline Adamsick The Manteno News: December 13, 1973 The front page of the Manteno News in 1973 had many joyous announcements, including the decorating of the village Christmas tree, Manteno High School’s Homecoming preparations, Santa coming to visit twice on two consecutive Saturdays, plus a very special visit from an elderly visitor… “We’re just…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: December 7, 1973 More about the energy crisis 50 years ago… “Gas Outlook Dim; Area Supplies Dwindle” “‘Supplies down, but prices up,’ pretty much sums up the gasoline story in eastern Will County as elsewhere in northern Illinois. No stations have gone out of business yet, but almost all…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: November 30, 1973 It’s the beginning of the high school basketball season, and the headline 50 years ago indicated the Blue Devils lost their season opener to the Bobcats, too. So much for déjà vu, with the Blue Devils losing both times. Back in 1973, it was a 65-71…

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By Arline Adamsick The Manteno News: November 21, 1073 “Village Board Receives Report from Consulting Engineer” “Consulting Engineer John McCabe of Warren-Van Praag Engineers met with the Manteno Village Board on Monday evening and explained the study recently completed on regional planning with the state hospital. The report, without recommendations, was an engineering feasibility study…

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By Arline Adamsick The Manteno News: November 8, 1973 We’ve been talking about local turkey dinners for the past several weeks, and here is an accounting of one – just imagine the preparation involved… “Record Attendance at St. Joseph Parish annual Turkey Dinner” “A record crowd of about 1,300 patrons consumed 39 turkeys at the…

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By Arline Adamsick The Manteno News: November 1, 1973 Here’s a bit of additional Manteno history… “Mrs. Elsie Madison Recalls Turn-of-Century Manteno for Local Residents” “Horses have been replaced by cars, boardwalks by squared-off concrete, streets have been paved, and the names on the shops have changed, but Manteno still reveals many traces of the…

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By Arline Adamsick The Crete Record: October 18, 1973 “Consider Second Year of Split Shift at CMHS” “In an information report presented at Monday evening’s meeting of the 201-U School Board, the possibility of retaining the split shift schedule at Crete-Monee High School for a second year was presented. This course might be considered more…

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By Arline Adamsick The Beecher Herald: October 7, 1973 “Village to Provide Crossing Guards” “Action taken at the village board meeting Monday night included adopting a resolution to provide three school crossing guards and amending an existing ordinance to reduce the vehicle sticker fee for senior citizens to $1. “After a lengthy discussion about funding…

The Peotone downtown streetscape plan was approved at the February 12 board meeting. Photo courtesy the Village of Peotone.
Peotone Streetscape Bid Approved for $3.47M
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Crete Tables Golf Carts
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It Might Cost Beecher, but Mayor Meyer Would Rather Keep Their Water
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Monee Village Board Not Happy About Aqua Proposed Rate Hikes
 Manteno’s Carter Watkins capped off a huge five-day stretch for the school by winning the state wrestling title at 175 in Class 1A. Manteno High School photo
VEDETTE SPORTS REPORT
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Manteno District 6 County Board Member Resigns
Brandy Renshaw enjoys working on the farm alongside her father, Steve Williams. –Photo courtesy of Brandy Renshaw.
Illinois Farmer Appears in New TV Show Spotlighting Women in Ag
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Chief Would Prefer No Carts for Crete
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Manteno Village Board Revises Public Participation
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Early Voting Begins on March 4 at New Locations
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VEDETTE SPORTS REPORT
Matt Boucher and daughter, Harlie, will be featured in a “We are the 96%” commercial during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 11. The Bouchers of Livingston County are one of the many farm families participating in the campaign, organized by the Illinois Farm Families Coalition. (Photo by Illinois Farm Families)
Illinois Farmers Featured in Super Bowl Commercial
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Streetscape Bid Moves to Peotone Village Board Next
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Wind/Solar Task Force Looking for Changes in Illinois Legislation
Crete-Monee’s Jayden Preston gets ready to make a move against Lindblom on Jan. 28. Photo by Jeff Vorva
VEDETTE SPORTS REPORT
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House Fire in Peotone
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Crete Remains Safe and Secure by Statistics
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Beecher Village Board Discusses New App to Aid Residents
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Peotone Moves to Handling Tickets in House
Weather Keeping Monee Public Works on Their Toes