Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School will be holding a program on November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Plans are underway for the 2019 Community Christmas Basket program.  Meetings will begin Monday, November 11th at the Olivet Nazarene Fellowship Hall beginning at 6:30 pm. 

North America’s prairies evolved over thousands of years, with deep-rooted plants creating the rich black soil that has produced crops for years. However, it took more than prairie plants to develop this resource. Bison played an important part in the process. 

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Red Mask Players present Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, November 8-10 at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion, Danville, IL.  Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 PM and Sunday performances at 2 PM. 

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After the final section was inspected and calibrated, employees at Danville’s Watchfire Signs posed for pictures next to a piece of the world’s largest video screen before it was shipped to Las Vegas on Friday, October 25.

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Crews have hit a high point, literally, in ongoing construction of the Kickapoo Rail Trail as state contractor Halverson Construction has started initial prep work on the railroad trestle that traverses the Middle Fork River east of Oakwood.

The University of Illinois Extension held their 44th State Master Gardener Awards in East Moline, IL in September.


The 22nd Bakersfest was held on October 1 at the Bono United Methodist Church.  It was hosted by Happy Homemakers.  Thirty-two Home Extension members and guests attended.  The theme for the day was Your Favorite Pie which included homemade crust, purchased crust, non-pastry pie, and sugar fr…

Last week we published the results of the Halloween Coloring Contest. When we published the paper we did not notice that two names had been left off this list.

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Students from grades 5-12 at Salt Fork,  directed by Amanda Bellerud (at the piano),  and Barbara Whaling (directing), presented a Choral Fest recently at Salt Fork High School Gym  to demonstrate to parents their progress in music.  The combined chorus opened the program, singing An America…

Mary Miller Junior High students have been busy with all kinds of engaging activities.  We kicked off Red Ribbon Week (RRW) with an assembly on October 24th.  Our focus for RRW was Anti-Vaping.  Miss Jenkins gave an emotional testimony of how her family was devastated by the negative effects…

The following are the winners of the Halloween Coloring Contest published in the October 9 edition of The Independent News.

The Children’s Dyslexia Center of East Central Illinois present Jeremy Nunes, Front Porch Comedy, with special guest Larry Smith in his “Who’s with me?!” tour, on November 8th and 9th at the Knights of Columbus, 310 Bryan St, Danville. 

Red Mask Players present Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, November1-3 & 8-10 at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion, Danville, IL.  Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 PM and Sunday performances at 2 PM. 

Now is your opportunity to attend the Star & Costume Party at the Kennekuk Environmental Education Center of Kennekuk County Park, October 30, 6-8 pm.  Everyone is invited to the party and to wear a costume depicting your favorite Sci-Fi character or alien.

Morey Chapel Church of Christ, 19194 E. 1100 N. Rd, Danville, will be hosting their final gospel sing of the year on October 26th at 5:30 p.m. 

The Georgetown Ladies Community Club (GLCC) has set the date for their annual holiday parade. The parade will take place on November 25.

Danville’s oldest church is about to celebrate its 190th birthday.  The celebration will be Sunday October 20 at First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Franklin. The day will examine the historic significance of the church and look forward to its future.

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Potential neighbors of a proposed hog-finishing facility west of Ridge Farm voiced concerns last Thursday night at a public meeting held by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Kenny is an ambassador to the town of Westville.  He exemplifies what it is to be a good student, citizen, and human being. Through Boy Scouts of America, Kenny has created friendships across the globe while he created friendships in his town.

Longview Bank and Trust, along with Georgetown- Ridge Farm High School, is proud to announce the Outstanding Senior recipient for September. Congratulations to Andrew Davis. 


When Danville Area Community College President Stephen Nacco passes by the former U.S. Army Reserve center, he envisions a place where people can train for all sorts of employment opportunities, from driving forklifts to — if and when a proposed Las Vegas-style casino is built — repairing sl…

Georgetown Township is holding its Annual Coat Drive on November 2,  at Westville Village Hall parking lot 201 N. State and the Georgetown Township Building at 1805 N Main, Georgetown and from 9 – Noon at both locations.