DLO Musical Theatre will be bringing the wonderful world of Wizard of Oz to Danville High School October 25-27, and is currently raising funds to rent the theatrical fly system needed for the famous flying witches and monkeys of Oz.

 It was a hoot of an afternoon on August 11th at the Illinois State Fair, as fairgoers gathered to watch the annual Husband and Hog Calling contests at the Lincoln Stage. In these events, contestants were judged on creativity, appeal, and audience reaction. This year’s winners brought their …

Attention readers. Our lunch hours for our office will temporarily change August 21 through August 28. Instead of the normal hours, the office will be closed from 11:30-1 and may be subject to further changes. In addition, the office will be closed on August 27. We will return to normal offi…

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It’s time for the checkered flag at the Vermilion County Speedway, where racing days are officially over now that the fair board has moved forward with reconfiguring the short track that has hosted fast cars for 50-plus years.

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Twelve lovely ladies, poised, graceful and smiling entered the bleachers shaking their pompoms, jumping, and cheering, then made their way through the audience down into the arena and up onto the stage to start the 2019 Miss Georgetown Fair Pageant.

Eastern Illinois Foodbank is distributing a truckload of food to area families struggling with food insecurity.  The distribution will be held at South View Elementary School in Danville on August 17 from 10 – 11:30am.  All Vermilion County residents who meet income eligibility criteria are …

Please note that our deadline for news to be submitted for the August 28 edition of The Independent News will be on Tuesday, August 20 at noon.

The Saint Mary of the Woods Alumni Club of East Central Illinois and West Central Indiana met on July 20th at 11 am at the Hidden Garden Tea Room in Chrisman. 

Kathy’s hats for hope Illinois is collecting knitted and crocheted purple hats to bring awareness to and educate others about the Period of Purple Crying that all infants go through, how to respond to prolonged crying and the importance to never shaking your child. All in effort to prevent t…


A new mural has been painted by Rhonda Arrasmith (Head Start teacher) and Cassie Norman (an artistic girl scout)  to enhance the playground area of the North Vermillion County Head Start center at 114 N. Division Street.

August 15: Tween Gaming is a chance for children, ages 8-11, to game together in the Children’s Program Room from 6-7 p.m.

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On Tuesday, July 30, local river and environmental advocates were celebrating as Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 9, also known as “The Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act” into Illinois Law. The bill includes stronger rules for coal ash cleanup and fund cleanup programs through permi…

Petition packets for candidates who wish to run in the General Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 will be available on September 3rd in the office of Cathy Jenkins, Vermilion County Clerk. Packets may be picked up between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Fri…

Paris Chapter #7 of the Order of the Eastern Star donated 22 sets of headphones, markers, science labs, books and Christmas ornaments to make for all of the children in Karla Gorman’s second grade class at Memorial School. 

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Family medicine providers at Horizon Health, with funding from the Horizon Health Foundation of East Central Illinois, have joined a nationwide initiative that emphasizes the importance of reading and language in early childhood development.

The Vermilion County Churches of Christ and Christian Churches will be hosting their county meeting at Potomac Church of Christ in Potomac on August 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Kerry Wienke will explain why the Farm Bureau is not only important to farmers, but to everyone in the county when he speaks to the National Active & Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) association at its next meeting on August 13 at Jocko’s at Noon.

Pre-registration is now open for the 7th annual Tiger 5K family friendly run/walk that will be held on August 31. The public is invited to participate in this event that is sponsored by the Westville Athletic Boosters.  All proceeds will benefit local students. 

Georgetown Lions will raffle a Cub Cadet 21”self-propelled mower, donated by B&D Mowers in Danville, on August 20.  Local businesses have donated many other prizes, including cash.

August is around the corner and it is time to get plants and flowers ready for the Florticulture Department at the fair.

The Vermilion County Conservation District announces that sealed bids will be accepted for Archery Deer Hunting the week of October 20 -27 [Hunt Code 10-4S].

The Georgetown Ridge Farm Area Ministerial Association Worship Service at the Georgetown Fair will be in the community building at the Georgetown Fairgrounds on August 4 at 5 p.m.

The Russell Masonic Lodge will be hosting a breakfast on August 3 from 7-11 a.m. in the Georgetown Fair Banquet Hall.