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Hennepin Library Displays Abraham Lincoln Collection

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The Putnam County Public Library District has an Abraham Lincoln collection on display at its Hennepin headquarters, 214 N. Fourth St. Lonna Nauman’s Lincoln collection is on display through February. Pictures, books, notecards and plates, among other items are on display. This collection will be open to the public. Collectors interested in creating a display at the Hennepin Library can email Matt Miller at mmiller@putnamcountylibrary.org . Source: Putnam County Record

Putnam County Rotary Announces Scholarship Opportunities to Seniors

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Putnam County Rotary announced the availability of several scholarship opportunities for Putnam County High School seniors. Each provides $500 toward college, vocational or other post-graduation educational expenses. The club’s Knute Hammel Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of a member and past president whose own goal was to establish a scholarship for graduating seniors. Priority is given to students who demonstrate academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and participation in Interact or other avenues of community service. Added consideration is given to qualified students intending to attend Illinois Valley Community College in graphic arts or business, reflecting Knute Hammel’s own professional achievements. The club’s Bill Klein Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of a member and past president who “fought the odds,” and persevered to become a successful businessman while also tirelessly serving our community.  This award is given to a student who demonstrates th

NCICG Seeks Input on Local Broadband Projects

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Help shape North Central Illinois’ broadband future by taking a 5-minute survey from the North Central Illinois Council of Governments as it develops a Broadband Strategic Plan in hopes of improving broadband connectivity throughout the region. Access to reliable high-speed internet is vital for education, business, health care and overall quality of life. Broadband access affects every aspect of daily life and is as important as any other utility. Your input is vital in identifying key gaps in broadband access. To develop the plan, NCICG and TPMA, working in partnership with the University of Illinois Extension, are surveying to gather insights about internet service in the seven-county region of Bureau, Grundy, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, Putnam and Stark. Participation in the survey will provide crucial information on the state of broadband in the region and help inform decision-making. As part of this survey effort, they will be collecting information about internet service at

American Red Cross to Host Blood Drive in Granville

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Putnam County High School in Granville will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29. The high school is located at 402 E. Silverspoon Ave., Granville. The American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency blood shortage as the nation faces the lowest number of people giving blood in 20 years. The Red Cross blood supply has fallen to critically low levels across the country, and the organization is urging blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment to help alleviate the shortage and help ensure lifesaving medical procedures are not put on hold. Over the last 20 years, the number of people donating blood to the Red Cross has fallen by about 40%, the organization said in a news release. When fewer people donate blood, even small disruptions to blood donations – such as the nearly 7,000-unit shortfall in blood donations the Red Cross experienced between Christmas and New Year’s Day alone – can have an impact on the availability of bloo

Debra Doyle Recognized for 47 Years of Service at Hennepin Public Water Department

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Doyle served as secretary/treasurer The Hennepin Public Water Department recognized Debra Doyle, who retired, for her 47 years serving as secretary/treasurer. Board members and the village of Hennepin thanked her for her dedications and service. Source: Putnam County Record

PCHS FFA Completes Fall Food Drive for Putnam County Food Pantry

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Donations still can be dropped off at the food pantry Saturday mornings The PC Food Pantry board, volunteers and clients would like to thank the PCHS FFA students and their advisors for their recent Fall Food Drive. The group recently canvassed the county picking up donations and brought them to the food pantry for distribution. Donations still can be dropped off from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays. PCHS FFA Members who participated in the drive included Carson Schlosser, Braden Bickerman, Amos Vincent, A.J. Furar, Jacob Edens, Evan Siegmann, Miles Walder, Julien Linton, Zac Lequia, Easton Fiorentini, Cole Boedigheimer, Anna Mae Smith along with FFA advisors Mr. McManus and Ms. Harris. The numbers of families using the food pantry has increased greatly since COVID-19, meaning the need for items has increased. While the pantry buys food at a discounted price through River Bend Food Bank in Davenport, IA, Midwest Food Bank in Bloomington and Hennepin Foods, cleaning products such as di

Al Cioni Ford in Granville Celebrates 55 Years

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‘It’s a team effort,’ owner says of more than 5 decades of business Al Cioni Ford celebrated 55 years in business on Sept. 23. In 1999, Al Cioni took over Granville Motor after the passing of his father, and he was encouraged by friends to put his name on the business. Patrons enjoyed pork chops, a car show, door prizes and other activities Sept. 23 as stories were told. Al Cioni Ford was grateful to those who attended the event and have supported them. “The employees work hard day in and day out,” said Al Cioni. “It’s a team effort, and we could not do it without them. We thank our customers for putting their trust in us for service and sales. It is because of your faith in us that we have been honored to win the President’s Award. I enjoyed celebrating with everyone, and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers with the best possible service and sales possible.” Al Cioni Ford is a 10-time winner of Ford’s highest honor, The President’s Award, for service and sales excelle

Illinois Grain Tour to Make a Stop at Hennepin’s Marquis Energy

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The tour will host 31 international buyers from seven Latin American countries The Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Grain Tour, which begins Tuesday, Aug. 29, and will host 31 international buyers from seven Latin American countries, will be making a stop at Marquis Energy in Hennepin. The goal of the tour is to enhance existing relationships and increase export sales for the Illinois grain industry. “The Illinois Grain Tour gives Illinois farmers, producers and retailers the opportunity to showcase their world-class commodities and facilities to foreign investors,” IDOA Director Jerry Costello said. “We lead the nation in soybean production, and nearly half of the soybeans and corn produced in Illinois are exported, resulting in billions of dollars in direct sales annually.” Participants will meet with representatives from the IDOA before making stops at RTS Farm in Auburn, GSI in Assumption, the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, the Illinois Soybean Association in Bloomington, Seedb