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The Village of Hennepin has added text alerts to keep you up to date on our news and events. To sign up for the Village of Hennepin text alerts, go to BCR Alerts . Follow the instructions, choosing the options that you'd like. It's that easy! If you have any questions, please contact Rita at 815-875-4461, extension 6333.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Announces $500 Scholarship Opportunity

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Scholarship will be applied to tuition, books and fees only Putnam County Sheriff Joshua Boedigheimer will be awarding a scholarship in the amount of $500 to a student wishing to pursue higher education during the 2023-2024 academic year. This scholarship is brought to Putnam County through the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, which will be awarding more than $58,000 in college scholarships throughout the state of Illinois. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only and the students must be enrolled full time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois. Online learning is acceptable. There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or national origin. Applicants must be a permanent Illinois resident, must attend a college of university within Illinois and be enrolled full time. Applications are now available at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, 120 N. Fourth St., Hennepin, or online at www.il

Hennepin Public Water District Rate Increase

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Please refer to the PDF below for the water district rate increase effective January 1, 2023. The Hennepin Public Water District meeting schedule is also included. Thank you.   Hennepin Public Water District Rate Increase (PDF)

Conservation Police Investigate Deer Poaching Incident Near Hennepin

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Trophy buck was shot, left to waste after antlers were removed, police say Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police are investigating a poached white tailed deer near rural Hennepin between the evening of Dec. 30 and the afternoon of Dec. 31. The Illinois Conservation Police posted on Facebook on Tuesday, saying the trophy buck was shot off Florid Blacktop and left to waste. The authorities are asking anyone with information to help solve this case to call 815-216-1201 or the IDNR tip hotline at 877-236-7529. Any tips received by the department will remain anonymous. “The poaching of a trophy buck is disheartening on many levels,” the Illinois Conservation Police wrote in the post. “To illegally shoot a deer, remove the antlers, and leave the animal to waste is unethical and an insult to law abiding sportsmen and women who strive to pursue game ethically.” Source: Putnam County Record

Putnam County Sheriff Says Deputies Won’t Enforce Non-Compliance Aspect of New Illinois Gun Law

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Sheriff says he believes new law to be in violation of Second Amendment to U.S. Constitution Putnam County Sheriff Joshua Boedigheimer said he will not, nor his deputies, will be checking to ensure “lawful gun owners” register their weapons with the state of Illinois, nor will the sheriff’s office arrest or house “law-abiding individuals” arrested solely with non-compliance of the ban on high-powered semiautomatic weapons. The ban is effective immediately after Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker signed the law around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The law bans several dozen styles of rapid-fire rifles and pistols, .50-caliber guns and weapon attachments that enhance a gun’s firepower. Current owners of such weapons won’t be required to surrender them. However, gun owners will have to register them with the Illinois State Police – including serial numbers, a provision initially removed by the Senate but restored after House proponents’ objections. The sheriff said he believes the new law to be a “clear vi

Putnam County Board Appoints Tammy Mehalic as Interim Zoning Officer

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County has interviewed prospective candidates with hopes to soon fill the position The Putnam County Board appointed current Supervisor of Assessments Tammy Mehalic as the Interim Zoning Officer during Monday’s meeting.   Mehalic will serve in the position in a temporary capacity as the board continues to look to fill the position with a permanent candidate. The county has been working to fill its zoning department as it previously appointed a new zoning officer during a special October meeting and added two new members to the zoning board during the regular November meeting. While the zoning board current sits full with five members, between the regular November meeting and December’s meeting the county’s newly-appointed zoning officer resigned, leaving a vacancy once again within the county. During Monday’s meeting, Chairman Charlie Lenkaitis stated that the county, along with Marshall county, has conducted an interview with a promising candidate for the zoning officer position. “Hop

Putnam County Food Pantry Provides Christmas Dinner and Gifts to 84 Families

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Volunteers helped organize pick ups and deliver Christmas baskets to families The Putnam County Food Pantry had a successful 35th year of distributing Christmas baskets Saturday, providing more than 80 families with a Christmas dinner and gifts for their children.   About 25 volunteers gathered at the United Church of Christ in Granville to help distribute baskets. Some helped load the cars of families picking up baskets while others loaded vehicles to make deliveries to those who can’t pick up a basket. This year, 84 families in Putnam County received a basket, consistent with numbers from previous years, said organizer and food pantry volunteer Gayle Reno. There is no income requirement to receive a basket – all individuals who request a basket get one with no questions asked. “It’s like clockwork, we’ve done it so many years we could do it with our eyes closed,” Reno said. “It not only helps families and kids, but also it warms our hearts too.” The baskets contain all the makings fo

2023 Republic Services Calendar

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Below is the 2023 calendar for garbage pickup through Republic Services. Please retain for your records. Thank you. 2023 Republic Services Garbage Pickup Calendar