Annual Freedom Celebration to be held June 29

By ROGER W. BONHAM Managing Editor The community of Arthur will put out the “Welcome Mat” for thousands of visitors on Saturday, June 29, as it hosts the annual Freedom Celebration downtown and in Jurgens Park (the fairgrounds). The celebration has two parts, a parade and flea market downtown and The Arthur Fireworks and festival…

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Thomas R. Boyer

Thomas R. Boyer, 88, of Tuscola passed away at 2:29 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at his residence in Tuscola. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 26) at Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main in Arcola. Rev. Shane Beever will officiate. Burial will be in Embarrass Cemetery in Redmon.…

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Dorothy Fidler

Dorothy Irene Tynan Fidler, 83, of Arcola, died at 7:55 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2019, surrounded by her family at her residence. Funeral services will be held this morning (Wednesday, June 26) at Arcola United Methodist Church with Rev. Matt Stump officiating. Burial will follow in Humboldt Cemetery. Visitation was held 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.…

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Samuel D. Smith

Samuel DeVaughn Smith, 70, of Corinth, Mississippi, died Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at his residence. Sam was a member of the Church of the Crossroads and was a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He retired from the Daily Corinthian where he worked as an independent contractor for 22 years. He enjoyed collecting…

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“Something for everyone”; Horse Progress Days 2019 comes to Arthur

A huge crowd packed the arena area to enjoy Jason Goodman’s superb riding and horsemanship skills with his team Percheron Thunder. The crowd for the Breed Presentation shows both Friday and Saturday were large and enthusiastic. Kent A. Stock photo By Kent A. Stock Staff Writer Twenty-six years ago, the very idea of holding a…

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LET FREEDOM RING; Arthur set to celebrate in a BIG way June 29!

The village of Arthur, set on the Moultrie-Douglas County line in the heart of Illinois Amish Country is used to hosting large numbers of visitors.  The celebration planned for Saturday, June 29, however, might just be the biggest yet combining the community’s annual Freedom Celebration Parade and the largest fireworks display in central Illinois. This…

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Stacy Welch Receives Generous Donation for Shalynn’s Hope

Stacy Welch, center, founder of Shalynn’s Hope, accepts a donation from the Arcola Firefighters. Pictured left to right are: Bob Clark, Sam Marroquin, Stacy, Justin Smith and Derik Fay. By Doris Elmore Staff Writer The Arcola Firefighter’s Association recently donated $1,800 to Shalynn’s Hope, organized in loving memory of Shalynn Conner of Atwood. Humbly accepting…

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Fourth of July celebration comes to Bement

By Kent A. Stock Staff Writer On Thursday, July 4 the community of Bement invites you to come celebrate America’s birthday with them. There will be a parade, craft vendors, food vendors, games and activities in Forest Preserve Park capped off by a great Fireworks show. The parade starts at 2 p.m. If you wish…

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